by Asinus Asinum Fricat
Mon May 5th, 2008 at 08:31:03 AM EST
A recent Gallup Poll showed that Americans perceived polluted drinking water as more of a threat than climate change, with 53% saying that they worried "a great deal" about it and 37% expressing the same level of concern over global warming. Gallup noted that pollution of drinking water has been a major concern since 1990.
"These poll results demonstrate that the public is out in front of policymakers,"
commented CEO Stephen E. Sandherr of the Associated General Contractors of America.
"They recognize that our deteriorating water delivery systems are in need of repair."
WATER is among the five primordial elements considered to be vital for any type of life or vegetation on this planet. Great civilizations of the world grew and developed on the banks of big watercourses. May it be the grand Nile or the majestic Indus or other lakes and springs, water has been so important that ancient inhabitants choose it as their first preference to settle nearby. Therapeutic value of both food and water mattered to mankind right from the early days.
Originally posted on May 1st - promoted by In Wales.
Distribution of the earth's water
Oceans and seas 97.29%
Ice caps and glaciers 2.09%
Underground aquifers 0.61%
Lakes and rivers 0.01%
The need is great in the Developing World!
1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water
2.9 billion people do not have adequate sanitation facilities
11,000 children die each day of water-related diseases
Landslide hits town by Three Gorges Dam in China:
Beijing, China -- Chinese authorities evacuated about 200 people living near the Three Gorges Dam in central China because of a landslide, state media and local officials said.
The landslide hit in Hubei province, inundating 37 homes and a primary school with rocks and mud, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Residents were evacuated to a temporary shelter before the landslide hit and no casualties were reported.
Nearly 830,000 people in Hubei have been affected by heavy rain that has poured down on the area, Xinhua said. In addition to the landslide, the rain has caused flash floods, and two people have been killed, Xinhua said. Source
Chevron lashes out at Ecuadoreans who won award for legal battle:
San Francisco - Chevron Corp. is sharpening its attacks against two opponents in a 15-year legal battle over whether the oil company should foot a multibillion-dollar bill to clean up a toxic stew in the Amazon rainforests.
The San Ramon-based company intensified its criticism recently while two Ecuadoreans, Pablo Fajardo and Luis Yanza, were in San Francisco to pick up the Goldman Prize, a prestigious honor given to individuals for their environmental achievements. Fajardo and Yanza won the award for spearheading a class-action lawsuit alleging that a company acquired by Chevron poisoned a 1,700-square-mile expanse of the Ecuadorean jungle -- an area the size of Rhode Island. Source
South Australian residents reassured of safe drinking water:
Australia - In Adelaide, the government of South Australia and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) assured the public that the state's drinking water is safe. CSIRO has discovered high levels of zinc, cadmium, aluminium, and arsenic in some wetlands of the Murray River that have been affected by the drought. Source
Citizens' water caravan in the southern part of the country:
Morocco - From 11 May to 9 June, a caravan will traverse southern Morocco offering films and other activities to raise public awareness of the need for sensible water use. A recent report by the World Bank showed an alarming trend: since 1960, the average amount of groundwater available per person per year has dropped from 2500 cubic meters to 1000 cubic meters. Some experts predict that by 2050, that figure will drop by another 50%. Source
Minot, N.D. could face water supply problems:
Minot, N.D. -- City officials and residents are bracing for water supply problems if an existing dry spell continues into the summer. Without rainfall this spring, people will begin watering earlier than usual, creating a greater demand on the aquifers the city relies on, said Jason Sorenson, superintendent at the Minot Water Treatment Plant. The plant also has seen increased demand for water from companies that use it in the oil fields, though Sorenson said the level of water usage by oil companies is not yet a problem. Public works director Alan Walter said water restrictions are a possibility if the drought conditions continue in the region. Source
Senegal: Potable water and sanitation in the Ndiambour - The case of the Department of Linguere remains worrisome:
Senegal - The Department of Linguere in Senegal is one of the country's driest, especially in the east, and the national government is searching for ways to build potable water systems there. It's a knotty problem because of the isolation of many villages - a large number of people are pastoralists, constantly on the move from pasture to pasture - and the lack of roads, explained Awa Ngom Thiam of the Potable Water and Sanitation Program for the Millennium (PEPAM), which will oversee the work. Source
In Sicily, risk of desertification for 70% of the land surface:
Italy - Around three-quarters of the Italian island of Sicily could become a desert, with the areas around Enna, Caltanissetta, and Trapani at particular risk, warned Giovanni Arnone, head of the Regional Council's Civil Defense Service. Addressing a seminar in Palermo that included President Gian Vito Graziano of the Sicilian Geological Society, he labeled 43.22% of Sicilian land at "very high risk" of desertification and 30.79% at "high risk." Natural causes - Sicily's particular geological characteristics, changes in vegetation cover, and frequent droughts and floods -- account for much of the damage, but human activities make it worse, he said. Deforestation, heavy population densities in coastal areas, salinization of drawn-down aquifers, and massive pollution by fertilizers are just a few of the human factors that are wreaking havoc with Sicily's environment. Source
Evian Plans Wetlands Preservation, Adds Recycled Plastic to Bottles:
Atlanta, Ga - Evian has established three new environmental initiatives covering wetlands and water management, recycled plastic and encouraging consumers to recycle. The bottled water producer has created the Evian Water Protection Institute to work with the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands on three water and wetlands management projects. The projects will focus on the La Plata basin in Argentina, Nepal's Jagadishpur Reservoir and Thailand's Bung Khong Long Lake. The projects will help local people maintain and restore wetlands, and teach and encourage sustainable management of water. Source
`Water is the new oil,' conference hears:
Boston -- A conference here this week of environmentally oriented investors heard that "water is the new oil" and that businesses relying on increasingly scarce water supplies are no longer taking it for granted, reported an April 29 article on the "Green Tech" blog of CNetNews.com.
Attendees at the Ceres Conference heard Chris Williams, director of water programs for World Wildlife Fund, say, "What's different today is that the global business community is seeing water as a business risk and core to their