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Is This the Answer to Clean Water Shortages? Mapping of struggles and alternatives for Water as a Commons : Alternative World Water Forum. Here is a mapping of struggles and alternatives for Water as a Commons around the world.

Mapping of struggles and alternatives for Water as a Commons : Alternative World Water Forum

As a synthesis tool, sharing experience, animated local or global networks, mapping provides a view of all the territorial struggles and alternatives in different areas related to water and sanitation, based on actions from groups in the field and associations. It helps identify the geographical proximity, specialist issues, communities, etc.. which could be used to contact the group concerned, propose exchanges of experience or knowledge and convergence of actions. It could also strengthen networks to later form more sustainable forms of joint organization that are bring built around the world.

Access the forms online For a group to appear on the map, the form has to be filled out : Form to be completed (in english) The group will not immediately appear on the map: Manual validation and harmonization is necessary. Water Facts: Sanitation. Diarrhea is the second leading cause of death among children under five in the world.

Water Facts: Sanitation

Around 1.5 million deaths each year - nearly one in five – are caused by diarrhea. It kills more children than malaria, AIDS, and measles combined.1 Sanitation and proper hygiene are crucial to diarrhea prevention. It is estimated that improved sanitation facilities can result in an average reduction in cases of diarrhea of more than one-third. Washing hands with soap has been found to reduce diarrhea by more than 40%.1. Forget Everything You Know About Toilets, These 4 Designs Flush Without Water. When's the last time you used a chamber pot?

Forget Everything You Know About Toilets, These 4 Designs Flush Without Water

If you’ve spent most of your time in the industrialized world, we're guessing the answer is “never.” But for thousands of years, squatting over one was the only toilet game in town, and our ancestors couldn’t think of another sanitation solution. Similarly, most of us probably assume that our modern S-shaped-pipe porcelain thrones are what the toilets of the future will look like too. Except, toilets as we know them aren’t sustainable: Access to water, sewage systems, and electricity is often limited across the globe.

That means every day 2.5 billion people are without a safe and affordable hygienic sanitation option. Protect America's Waters. What's at risk?

Protect America's Waters

More than half of America’s streams Over the past decade, polluters and irresponsible developers have used the courts to put Clean Water Act protections in legal limbo, arguing that the law doesn’t cover the smaller streams and wetlands that feed and clean America’s great waters. Right now, nearly 60 percent of America’s streams and 20 million of acres of wetlands are vulnerable to pollution and development, putting the drinking water for 117 million Americans at risk. Polluters can dump into streams, developers can pave over wetlands to build strip malls, and the cops on the environmental beat can’t do a thing about it.

6 Water-purifying Devices for Clean Drinking Water in the Developing World. With 3.575 million people dying each year from water-related disease, our current water crisis is one of epic proportions.

6 Water-purifying Devices for Clean Drinking Water in the Developing World

At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by those suffering from illness brought on by limited access to safe drinking water, poor hygiene and sanitation. Granted these harrowing realities plaguing our society, it’s imperative that designers, inventors, engineers and visionaries do what they can to find a solution. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of innovation on tap – read on for six water purifying designs for the developing world! 1. Lifestraw The Lifestraw is a small cigar-shaped tube packed with some truly innovative engineering. Machine developed by UNICEF turns sweat into drinking water. UNICEF Sweden The UNICEF sweat machine was unveiled at the youth Gothia cup soccer tournament.

Machine developed by UNICEF turns sweat into drinking water

It reportedly transforms sweat into drinkable water. Fancy a glass of sweat? It may sound gross, but a new machine that turns human perspiration into drinking water is now on the market. The "sweat machine" — which squeezes moisture from clothes before purifying it — could one day prove key to solving the world's water problems. THAILAND: Throwing mud at flood water. Mud balls may be another option in cleaning up water BANGKOK, 17 November 2011 (IRIN) - Thousands of Thais - with noses pinched and fingers crossed - are tossing mud balls into fetid flood water, in the hope of improving the quality of stagnant water following weeks of flooding.

THAILAND: Throwing mud at flood water

According to the EM Research Organization (EMRO), the Japanese company that invented the balls, they purify water, reducing odour and improving sanitation levels. The tennis ball-sized treatment has stirred debate in Thailand and prompted calls for controlled studies to see whether it really works on flood water - and whether it could help in future disasters. "Given the fascination, how it has gained traction here in Thailand, it's really worth it to study it, to understand what its efficacy could be," Maureen Birmingham, the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) representative to Thailand and acting resident coordinator for the UN system, told IRIN.

Water.org. Drought-Stricken New Mexico Farmers Drain Aquifer To Sell Water For Fracking. By Joe Romm "Drought-Stricken New Mexico Farmers Drain Aquifer To Sell Water For Fracking" The bad news is that the terrible drought in New Mexico has led some farmers to sell their water to the oil and gas industry.

Drought-Stricken New Mexico Farmers Drain Aquifer To Sell Water For Fracking

The worse news is that many of them are actually pumping the water out of the aquifer to do so. Water Documentaries. Free Your Event from Bottled Water - Food & Water Watch. August 5th, 2008 A Practical Guide to Take Back the Tap at Your Next Event and Avoid the Waste, Expense and Environmental Problems with Bottled Water Differentiate your event from others by joining the surging nationwide movement to kick the bottled water habit and Take Back the Tap.

Free Your Event from Bottled Water - Food & Water Watch

Take Back the Tap Guide to Safe Tap Water. Tap water is tested more frequently for safety concerns than bottled water, but the water quality reports issued by local utilities can be confusing to read.

Take Back the Tap Guide to Safe Tap Water

Use this guide to help understand these reports and why they are important. Bottled Water: Food & Water Watch Destroys the Myths and Gets You The Facts. Blue Gold : World Water Wars (Official Full Length Film) Billboard Produces Drinkable Water From Desert Air in Peru. Peruvian researchers have collaborated with an ad agency to create an unusual billboard that generates drinking water from thin air. While the billboard fulfills its traditional role as an advertising tool—in this case for courses at Lima’s University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC)—it harvests moisture directly from the air, which is then processed through a filtration system.

Capable of producing 25 gallons (96 liters) of water a day during summer, the billboard has produced 9450 liters of clean drinking water for a nearby community in the three months since it was first installed. Lima, Peru’s capital city, receives less than one inch of rain each year, forcing some residents to get their water from dirty wells. Ingenio en acción: Panel que produce agua del aire - UTEC. Billboard in Peruvian desert turns air humidity into drinking water. Technology - Air2O. Stockholm International Water Institute. Home. Freshwater. Our environment is connected by water. Lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and groundwater flow through our communities. Water Program. Tapped the Movie - official site. Water has Memory. LifeStraw. A LifeStraw about to be used LifeStraw is a water filter designed to be used by one person to filter water so that they may safely drink it. It filters a maximum of 1000 litres of water, enough for one person for one year.

It removes almost all of waterborne bacteria and parasites.[1] The LifeStraw Family, a larger unit designed for family use, also filters out nearly all microbes.[2] Vestergaard Frandsen : LifeStraw® Aquaduct Bike Purifies Water as you Pedal. This year’s West Coast Green was host to a dizzying array of innovative ideas, not the least of which was the Aquaduct Concept Vehicle by IDEO. Winner of the ’08 Innovate or Die competition sponsored by Google and Specialized, the Aquaduct is “a pedal-powered concept vehicle that transports, filters, and stores water.” Pedal to the well, fill up the tank and by the time you’re home you have 8 liters of purified water. Safe and secure sources of drinking water are a growing worldwide concern. According to the W.H.O., “1.1 billion people have no access to any type of improved drinking source of water.”

As a result, a growing number of health issues face developing countries such as diarrhoeal disease, schistosom`iasis, trachoma, intestinal helminths (ascariasis, trichuriasis and hookworm) and hepatitis A. The Aquaduct is designed to address all these issues and more. . + Aquaduct. Success Stories: UV Waterworks. Start-Ups - WaterHealth International, Inc. UV Waterworks: Purifying Water and Saving Lives around the World UV Waterworks uses ultraviolet light to quickly, safely, and cheaply disinfect water of the viruses and bacteria that cause cholera, typhoid, dysentery, and other deadly diseases.

UV Waterworks can be powered by a car battery or a 60-watt solar cell, is about the size of a microwave oven, and weighs about 15 pounds. Waterhealth. Watershed Academy Web.