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International relief agencies rush to provide clean drinking water to 600,000 Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan is one of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded and it has left hundreds of thousands of residents of the Philippines without clean drinking water. International relief workers are scrambling to deliver clean drinking water to more than 600,000 homeless victims

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Clean drinking water in Caribbean under threat from climate change

Warning bells are ringing across the Caribbean about climate change impacting its clean drinking water supplies. In October, the theme of The Caribbean Water and Waste Water Association’s annual convention to be held in Barbados is Water and Waste Management in the Caribbean: Cooperation for Action.

Environmentalists warn of variable rainfall, cyclones, hurricanes, rising sea levels, accelerating storm water runoff, floods, droughts, decreasing water quality and increasing demand for water are so significant in many small Caribbean island countries that they threaten the economic development and the health of their people

Many Caribbean countries get their drinking water from underground wells that can be polluted by rising sea levels.

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Wake Up Call for Americans on sustainability of drinking water

The president of one of the largest U.S. water technology companies says Americans must stop taking clean drinking water for granted and change their mindset when it comes to how they consume water.

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June is a good time to think about the environment as you prepare to enjoy outdoor activities this summer

June is a busy month for environmentalists in Canada. It kicked off June 5th with World Environment Day. This year’s theme was Think, Eat and Save. Every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted around the world – enough to feed the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. The waste of food amounts to about one-third of the global food production – making it an enormous drain of natural resources.

June 5th was also Clean Air Day in Canada.

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World Bank launches Phase II of its Water Partnership Program

It didn’t get much publicity, but The World Bank in May launched Phase II of its Water Partnership Program (WPP) with an initial contribution of $40 million US to strengthen the role of water as a key platform for development and growth.

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May 5 – 11 is Drinking Water Week in North America

It is encouraging to see the American Water Works Association (AWWA) has been celebrating Drinking Water Week for more than 30 years. We take water for granted in North America while a good chunk of the rest of the world goes thirsty.

Here is the AWWA Public Service Announcement about Drinking Water Week:

“There’s so much to know about H2O! Where does it come from and how does it get into our homes? How is it cleaned before drink it. Which laws protect it? What other benefits does it offer besides public health and fire protection? Water plays a critical role in our daily lives and the quality of life we enjoy. This Drinking Water Week let’s all make a commitment to learn more by getting to know our H2O! For more information click here

The biggest problem facing the delivery of clean drinking water to homes in Canada and the United States is crumbling infrastructures. Underground pipes used for the flow of drinking water

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Happy Earth Week!

This is Earth Week. It runs from April 17-24th. It is a time when people around the world think about the environment, buy green products and spend time cleaning up outside around their homes and across their cities and towns.

The big event during Earth Week is Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd.

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World Water Day,

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WHO warns lack of funding and resources threatens

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More people in the world have access to mobile phones than clean drinking water or a toilette

The 2012 edition of the World Bank’s Information and Communication for Development Report, says some six billion mobile subscriptions are now in use globally – five billion are in developing countries.

That is more than the number of people who have electricity,