Earlier this week, we introduced you to 400 villagers in the Ethiopian villages of May Shintro and Mai Gudguad whose lives we’ve helped to save – with your help – through our donations to charity: water. What fills us with pride is the knowledge that we’re not only not alone in our commitment to bringing clean drinking water to the world – but we have some very influential and beautiful friends helping to lead the charge.
This Monday, Origins – a natural cosmetics division of Estee Lauder – sponsored an event designed to drive awareness to charity: water, the same charity we teamed with in Ethiopia. In the video above, you’ll hear more from the event’s host, Shameless star Emmy Rossum, and 90210 actress Jessica Stroup who shares some first-hand experience from her time in Ethiopia. Just this one time, it’s OK for you to check out a video from a celebrity gossip site – guilt free – wherever you happen to be reading this.
In Other Drinking Water News:
Kids Share Ideas For Keeping Drinking Water Clean
KidsPost recently challenged its readers to share their ideas for how they would help keep the world’s drinking water clean. As most ideas from kids prove to be, the proposals were remarkable. We encourage you to read all the responses in the link above – but I wanted to share part of my favorite from Sidharth Muralidhar, aged 13:
I always pick up after my dog, because his poo can leach toxins into the soil, which could add poisons to our groundwater. Animal waste is harmful to the long-term health of our groundwater. In a two-for-one green deal, instead of wasting plastic, I reuse the bag in which our daily newspaper is wrapped to pick up Sparky’s poo. It works really well, because it is the length of my arm and acts as a glove for this “big job”!
Water Filtration System May Change The World
The World Health Organization describes arsenic poisoning from contaminated water as the ‘largest mass poisoning in history.’ Which is why a new water filtration system using plants to extract arsenic from drinking water, developed by MSc student Stephen Goodwin Honan is being hailed in some circles as an idea that may forever change our world for the better. Dezeen Magazine has more.
EPA’s Move To Clarify Clean Water Act Puts GOP Lawmaker In Tizzy
In a move praised by environmental groups, the EPA sought to clarify Clean Water Act protections that had been thrown into question by recent Supreme Court decisions. “The proposed joint rule will provide greater consistency, certainty, and predictability nationwide by providing clarity for determining where the Clean Water Act applies and where it does not,” per two senior EPA officials.
But in a counterpoint, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) said that the “EPA’s announcement doesn’t solve anything, but merely takes another road to potentially expand its own jurisdiction through the Clean Water Act.” The Washington Post has full coverage in the story above.
A Renewed Commitment To China’s Water Crisis
Over 100 million rural Chinese currently lack access to clean drinking water. And studies point to more troubling issues as the future of this crisis will have almost certain global implications, if changes aren’t made. Fortunately, Chinese officials have pledged to solve this problem by 2015 with an approach focusing on expanded water distribution, increased oversight of environmental protection and a higher level of water monitoring. gbtimes shares more above.
Don’t Forget About Clean Drinking Water For Puppies
New Jersey 101.5 offers ten tips for ensuring your pet’s drinking water stays clean. Read them – and think about the face to your left when you do. Do it for Clark.
13 Year Boil Water Alert Coming To An End
Those reading in areas where boil water alerts or advisories are common know that they can range in severity from minor annoyance to pain in the you-know-where. Pelee Island in Ontario definitely falls into that latter category, having now dealt with a boil water alert that has stretched thirteen years. Read how this may finally be coming to an end in coverage by CBC News.
Add To Your Water Wish List:
Water: A Comprehensive Guide For Brewers
Third in a series of Brewing Elements paperbacks, following Hops and Yeast, this new book by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski dives deep into the chemistry and the mystery water plays in the brewing process. Available for pre-order now!
Water Filtration Product Focus of the Week: O-Rings
How many of us flat out forget to pick up O-Rings prior to taking on a project that requires O-Rings? The answer is a lot. I know this because I am one of them – and because our customer service team will nearly always need to offer this gentle reminder to our phone customers.
For those of you that order online – know this. We have O-Rings. We have a lot of them, in fact. They are critical – and they cost very little. Add them to every purchase – or just stock up on O-Rings alone.
If you need O-Rings, but aren’t sure what size, I would highly encourage you to call our customer service department at 1-888-801-PURE so they can ensure you select the right products for your needs.
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