Within this blog, we shy away from any inflammatory discussions involving politics. If the efforts we make to help provide clean drinking water and education blend over into politics, we try to focus more on the power of bipartisanship. So the video above from Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D) should not be seen as an endorsement of one party’s beliefs.
Instead, the video above – Markell’s weekly address – is meant to show just how important an investment in clean water can be at nearly any level. Within his address, Markell highlights the importance that clean water brings to both the environmental and economic health of his state. It’s a bold plan and powerful words in just under two minutes. We highly recommend it, regardless of your political leanings.
In Other Drinking Water News:
Iowa Woman Helping Bring Clean Drinking Water Relief to the Philippines
Months after Typhoon Haiyan, many areas in the Philippines are still in need of clean drinking water and relief. That’s why this week, we commend the efforts of Brittney Lanosga. Lanosga, pictured to the left, is a former University of Iowa student with Filipino roots. Through her work with both Children International and her own fundraiser, Water Well Wishes, she hopes to raise $10,000 to go towards the development of an emergency drinking water system in Quezon City, an area particularly hard-hit by the Typhoon.
You can help donate to Lanosga’s efforts at the link below to her Water Well Wishes campaign on Crowdrise: http://www.crowdrise.com/WaterWellWishes
Poor Water Quality Issues Becoming Contentious In Southwest Florida
This past week in Fort Myers witnessed a tense meeting between residents and environmental advocates and the state officials being accused of allowing poor water quality issues to continue in the area. While state officials say they are monitoring water quality as effectively as they can with limited resources, residents are countering with the very troubling accusation that they are simply losing faith. Read more above.
Water Quality & Agriculture Bill Moving Rapidly In Ohio
In response to agriculture’s part in the nutrient loading within Ohio’s water supply, and the continued growth of toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie, the Ohio legislature is moving quickly with a water quality and nutrient management bill. This bill’s design is meant to ensure all involved are more educated about the impact that fertilizers used by the agricultural industry have on the local water supply, while protecting both said water and the profits captured by farmers. More on how this bill has evolved may be read above.
Procter & Gamble Provide 1 Billionth Liter of Clean Drinking Water
In a press release issued this week, we learn more about a needy family in Ghana that received a liter of clean drinking, provided by a partnership between Procter & Gamble and World Vision. While a liter of clean drinking water to a family in need is typically news enough to celebrate, what makes this story even more remarkable is that this liter represents the one billionth provided to more than 6.5 million worldwide. Read more about this incredible accomplishment above.
Girl Scout Cookie Cravings Can Now Help Support Clean Drinking Water
After learning that more than 1.8 million die each year throughout the world from waterborne illnesses, Brownie troops 8780 and 8848 in Ramona, California decided to do what they could to make a difference. Partnering with Give Clean Water, the scouts will give more than twenty percent from this year’s cookie sale proceeds to the organization to help support its mission to bring clean drinking water to all those in need.
“‘Everyone deserves clean water’ is our troop’s slogan this year,” says Kristy Parker, co-leader of Troop 8848. ”For only $150, we can provide a family of five with clean water for nearly 10 years.”
If this year’s Girl Scout Cookies are as good as we remember, that magic number of $150 will be made multiple times over.
Water Filtration Product of the Week: Well Water Filtration Systems
This spring is already leading to record snow runoff, impacting the taste of drinking water in major metropolitan areas, including St. Louis and Kansas City. Fortunately, municipal water plants will help to filter all of the most dangerous nasties out before this water reaches the taps of residents (though we do recommend water filter changes to help reduce taste and odor issues.)
Well water owners, on the other hand, must deal with these same types of issues – but unlike municipal water users – will find themselves on their own.
If you are a well water user, now is the time to both plan your filter change and system maintenance. On our site, we offer the well water filtration system housings you need if you have yet to install – including the Pentek Big Blue system to the left but more importantly, the hard to find well water replacement filters you will need to ensure any existing system continues to perform. We also are proud to offer the balance of products you will need to maintain your well this spring, including well water sanitizers, drinking water test kits and pressure gauges.
Whether you have a good idea of the well water products you need (shared more in this post), or are feeling a bit overwhelmed, I would encourage you to call our customer service department at 1-888-801-PURE (7873) to ensure you get what you need and when you need it.
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