A simple headline on the UNICEF website reads, “They Need Everything.” Food, shelter – and especially clean drinking water – are in short supply. Relief organizations around the world are mobilizing as quickly and efficiently as possible, but the destruction left in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan is beyond the scope of what many have ever seen.
Earlier this week, I shared a bit more of my personal connection to the Philippines, and included links to several organizations offering relief. One of those organizations, World Vision, published the video above. Perhaps the most frustrating thing about this tragedy, apart from the obvious human toll, is the relative lack of media coverage around this horrid once in a lifetime weather event.
My hope is that the video above provides a better level of understanding of just what is happening over there – while serving as a powerful call to arms for all of us in a position to offer any help we can.
In Other Drinking Water News:
Water Purification Technology Helps Philippines Relief Efforts
While important to understand the devastation left in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, it’s equally important to understand the very real solutions being developed – or currently at our disposal – that can help. And one of these technologies is water purification. In the article above from LiveScience, hand-held water purifiers – like the LifeStraw pictured – are cited as some of the key gadgets that will help the Philippines and its residents survive through the recovery process.
Water Filters May Be Key To World Peace
“In Israel, we have reached the point where we are able to recycle about 90% of our wastewater, and this is a model we are hoping to implement in the places where we work, to as great an extent as possible,” says Arik Dayan, CEO of Israeli water filtration company Amiad.
Dayan’s comments were shared in the article above by The Times of Israel titled, Water Filters: A Key to World Peace? In the article, Dayan goes on to comment on the increasing demand for clean drinking water as the population of our world balloons to 8.3 billion over the next 20 years.
“With more demand for clean drinking water comes more competition, and we have already seen wars breaking out over water,” Dayan adds. Is the writer’s headline then, citing water filters as a critical component for bringing peace to the world, truly that far-fetched?
Fort Lauderdale, Florida Drinking Water To Be Chlorinated
The city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida this week added chlorine to its drinking water supply. Due to end on November 26th, this addition is part of the city’s regular preventative maintenance. For Fort Lauderdale residents bothered by the smell or taste of their drinking water, I would encourage you to browse our selection of water filters – most of which are designed to reduce up to 99.99% of chlorine.
Portland, Oregon Drinking Water To Continue To Be Fluoride Free
Four times, residents of Portland, Oregon have voted to keep their drinking water free of fluoride. Results have been so loud and clear that an effort to add a referendum to vote again on fluoridation in 2014 was stricken from the ballot. Learn more about this story, and the burgeoning movement against fluoridation, in the story above.
Impact of Fracking on Ohio Water Quality To Be Closely Monitored
Ohio, a relatively new player in the fracking game, is facing the same challenges other regions have had to stare down when moving forward with this controversial practice. Specifically, what is the balance between economic growth and long-term impact to water quality? Learn more about a water quality impact study that will help to address these issues in Ohio’s fracking hotbed, in the story above.
College of Staten Island Students Honored by UNICEF For Clean Water Solution
Film that reacts with sunlight to help purify water, developed by chemistry students at the College of Staten Island, was awarded first place at the 2013 CUNY Design for UNICEF Challenge. Read the story above, which includes a video overview, to learn how this solution could significantly impact the lives of those in the world’s most impoverished regions.
Electrolyzed Water Helps Commercial Cleaning Operations Go Green
When done correctly, green solutions are beneficial from an occupational, environmental and operational standpoint. This holds true especially in the commercial cleaning industry, where harsh chemicals have long been a necessary evil. This could all soon change with the emerging use of electrolyzed water. Read more about this development, overviewed in the accompanying diagram.
Water Quality of Aquatic Retailers Scrutinized
Pet shop inspectors in the UK are making the right moves by ensuring water quality is a factor in the licensing of aquatic retailers. The story above shares the hope that water quality guidelines will be used more heavily in inspections over the next year – while providing links to resources that offer staff training.
Water Filter Scam Alert:
Water Filter Scam Hits Clearview Township in Ontario
Residents of Clearview Township in Ontario are dealing with the oldest water filter scam in the book, as scammers are going door-to-door posing as city officials conducting water tests in order to sell overpriced purification systems.
This story did lead, however, to one hysterical exchange with a scammer:
“This guy came to our door. I answered. He said he was here to test the water. And he told me he was representing the township. I said he was not given permission by the township to do anything of the sort – I told him I knew so because I’m on council and his jaw just dropped,” says Councillor Robert Walker.
Those living in the province that do have questions or concerns about their drinking water quality are advised to tell these scammers to take a hike and to contact municipal officials directly with any questions.
Water Filtration Product of the Week: MSR Water Treatment Products
Mountain Safety Research (MSR) specializes in water filtration and purification gear for the adventurous – backpackers, campers and mountaineers. Their products range from portable microfilters, such as the one pictured to the left, to water purification test strips.
We feature these products this week for two reasons. First, any of the MSR water treatment products we offer make perfect holiday or Christmas gifts for the campers or backpackers in your life. Second, it’s these types of products that will help bring relief to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. The price point on these products, from twenty to more than one-hundred dollars, is a clear indication suggesting the level of donations needed by relief workers as they bring support to these areas.
Read our blog post from earlier this week to find links to five organizations bringing clean water and relief to the Philippines. Know that these are five of many – and that you are encouraged to suggest other organizations in the comments below.
If you have more questions about the MSR water treatment products we offer, I encourage you to reach out to our customer service department at 1-888-801-7873 so they can help find the right products for your needs.
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