Our grandparents’ generation created an amazing system of canals and reservoirs that made it possible for people to live in places where there wasn’t a lot of water. For example, during the Great Depression, they created the Hoover Dam, which in turn, created Lake Mead and made it possible for the cities of Las Vegas and Phoenix and Los Angeles to provide water for people who lived in a really dry place. Continue reading
The job of sewer workers in Barcelona could be about to become much easier with the aid of a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (sewer drones) tasked with inspecting the city’s vast network of underground tunnels. Sewer drones could take over the tricky inspection work within two years, if a scheme in Barcelona, Spain gets the go-ahead. The plan is to launch a fleet of flying ”sewer drones” which would inspect the state of the city’s sewers, as well as measuring air and water quality and keeping track of the state of the walls and blockages. Continue reading
On this edition of Global Voices, guest host Maya Albanese explains the link between clean water and education. Watch the video below. Continue reading
On 15th July 2015, my name was presented to the UK Government on a petition of 115,056 signatures asking them to support a Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation. Back in March 2015 when WaterAid UK launched the #MakeItHappen petition, they were hoping for 100,000 signatures – it seemed ambitious at the time, but I helped in exceeding all their expectations! This is because of my passion for clean water and sanitation and also because of over 100,000 people like me who are concerned about clean water and sanitation.
And it wasn’t just any old petition hand-in. To make sure it really stuck in the minds of decision-makers, WaterAid Uk were outside the UK Parliament, where they invited the parliament to experience a time when sanitation was the hot topic in Westminster – the ‘Great Stink’ of 1858.
There was an incredible turnout of over 100 MPs and Lords who came back to Victorian London to be reminded of the day when Parliament took action to end the sanitation crisis here in the UK – a pioneering decision which transformed all of our lives. Thanks to everyone else who signed the petition, they were left in no doubt that the British public want to see them show the same initiative to end the global sanitation crisis today.
We kicked up a stink, and it was all thanks to you – we were so proud to represent you all – WaterAid UK
The Sustainable Development Goals won’t be announced until the end of September but the final negotiations will be going on over the summer so the timing of the event was critical. I’m glad we could make this possible.
You should join us now and sign the WaterAid’s Make It Happen petition for a world where everyone, everywhere has clean water to drink and a safe place to go the toilet by 2030.
It’s an exciting time as the prospect of getting water and sanitation firmly on the international agenda starts to become very real – I’m delighted that you’re going to be a part of it. As it’s such a critical moment in the campaign and this opportunity won’t come around again for another 15 years, I ask you to add your name too? You can do this by going to www.wateraid.org/everyone. It’s so important.
The Sustainable Development Goals will be agreed at the end of September 2015, when I very much hope I’ll be able to share your part in a fantastic campaign success that will mean an end to the water and sanitation crisis is finally in sight.
The Department of Water and Sanitation and Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) have jointly scooped the ‘Water for Life’ UN-Water Best Practices Award. The annual award aims to acknowledge and promote efforts to meet international commitments made on water and related issues by 2015. The award recognises outstanding projects that are working to ensure sustainable long-term management of water resources and to help achieve the water and sanitation targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. Continue reading