IBWA has joined the "Be a Force of Nature" campaign to encourage those in areas at risk for hurricanes to be prepared
Recognizing the importance of having access to safe, clean drinking water, especially in times of disasters and emergencies, the International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) is joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration in promoting 2012 National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which calls upon Americans in areas of the country vulnerable to hurricanes and severe weather to “Be a Force of Nature.”
Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of charity: water, shares his transformational personal story to inspire others to join his cause
When Scott Harrison tells the story of charity: water, the organization he founded to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations, he often begins at an unexpected point: “I’m going to start by telling you about my mother,” he says. Harrison then describes caring for his invalid mom, rebelling at age 18 and moving to New York City, where he worked as a nightclub promoter “chasing after models and bottles.”
Approved method for global bottled water safety
3M Food Safety announced May 21 that its Petrifilm Aqua Coliform Count Plate has received NF validation from France-based Assn. Francaise de Normalisation (AFNOR) for its ability to detect and enumerate colonies of E. coli and coliform bacteria in bottled water samples.
Indiana-based Onesource Water was recently recognized for its growth strategy through acquisition
Onesource Water, a provider of bottle-less water cooler systems, recently announced that it has received the Assn. for Corporate Growth (ACG) Small Cap Value Award.
The award was presented to Onesource Water President Eric Giesecke by ACG Indiana at the 2012 ACG Indiana Awards dinner, held in Indianapolis on May 3. The awards dinner brings together the middle-market deal-making community and business leaders from Indiana-based companies to honor the key growth stories in the state from the past year.
The Auto Spas of Maryland will join 100 nationwide car wash locations to provide five million days of clean drinking water to those in need
In a show of solidarity with the Wash Away Thirst campaign, the Auto Spas of Maryland will join approximately 100 car wash locations across the U.S. to provide to five million days of clean drinking water to people in need. The fundraising initiative, created in partnership with the Wasrag Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, aims to reduce the proportion of the world population lacking sanitation and clean water.
750,000 families will receive water filters and high-efficiency cook stoves
Approximately 750,000 rural households in Rwanda’s Western province will receive water filters and high-efficiency cook stoves for home use. DelAgua Health is running the project in partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Health and the Rwandan Environmental Management Authority. DelAgua is being assisted by Manna Energy Ltd., which pioneered carbon-financed water treatment.
Verify Markets recently released the "Analysis on Select Global Residential Water Treatment Market" 2012 report
The global residential water treatment (RWT) market is very dynamic, generating revenues of over $9 billion in 2011, according to a report released by Verify Markets. The RWT market varies by country and region. North America and Western Europe are mature markets, while Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe are fast-growing markets.
In 2011, some of the largest markets were Japan, U.S., China, Russia, India, Germany, France and South Korea. Most of these markets are dominated with local market participants and are very fragmented, the report noted.
NGWA said private well owners should test water regularly for bacteria, nitrate and more
Private water well owners should test their water regularly for bacteria, nitrate and anything of local concern, the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) said today, citing the possibility of arsenic and uranium in some central and northeastern Massachusetts bedrock wells as a local concern.
If well owners find arsenic or uranium at levels that exceed health benchmarks, the substances can be treated effectively, according to an NGWA press release.
Water professionals continue to emphasize the importance of drinking water during Drinking Water Week
During Drinking Water Week May 6 to 12, the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) joined water professionals across North America in highlighting the importance of a safe, reliable water supply to our overall quality of life—from public health protection and fire suppression to the role it plays in supporting the economy.
“Tap water is such an integral part of our daily lives that we sometimes don’t notice its immeasurable value,” said AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance.
Thousands are expected to benefit from campaign
About a month after Ethan Wolfe, a 6-year-old Phoenix boy, heard that people in Haiti had to drink "dirty water" every day, more than 4,600 people filled emptied water bottles with dollar bills and change as part of the Dirty Water campaign at Palmcroft Baptist Church.
The "Dirty Water fasting" campaign asked people to drink nothing but water for a month and donate the money they would have paid during that time for coffee, soda, juices and other drinks. The most recent count puts the collection at more than $105,000.