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This Week In Clean Water: 5/9/2022

Waterboys Team

May 9, 2022

We’re always interested in gaining insight into new developments and policy issues that affect communities’ access to clean water in the US and abroad. Ongoing learning about water-related challenges and solutions helps us more effectively pursue Waterboys’ big, bold goal of bringing clean water to 1 million people.

Here are some things that caught our eye this week:

This portable device can turn saltwater into drinking water at the touch of a button

Fast Company

MIT researchers have developed a portable, user-friendly device that can turn saltwater into drinking water at the touch of a button. The prototype fits into a regular-size suitcase and can process 1 liter per hour, but when the product is fully developed, it will be able to filter 10 times that amount. Read the full story here.

Groundwater pollution puts drinking water at risk in Eastern Oregon counties

OPB

Nitrates seeping through the soil and contaminating the groundwater is a national problem that’s often seen downstream from large agricultural operations and industrial food processors. In Morrow and Umatilla counties in Oregon, where both of those industries play a big role in the economy, widespread groundwater contamination has steadily increased over the last 30 years. Read the full story here.

Many rural towns have neglected drinking water systems for decades

Bridge Michigan

In Michigan, shrinking populations, growing poverty, and diminished state and federal assistance have fueled a crisis of underfunded drinking water infrastructure. Those problems often are compounded by a lack of qualified staff to keep up with water system operations and little to no expertise in applying for grants and loans that could help bolster utility budgets. Read the full story here.

Water Crisis

From Our Executive Director: Hometown H2O – Wakefield, VA

During a recent visit to Wakefield, Virginia—about two hours southeast of Charlottesville, in Sussex County—we were reminded once again of the power of our HometownH20 partnership to deliver clean drinking water for families here in the United States.   Our team spent the day at the home of Jennifer and Chris Schod and their four […]
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Story, Water Warrior

Water Warrior: Erica Jennings

Erica Jennings started off her 2022 on the side of Mount Kilimanjaro, climbing Africa’s tallest peak in support of clean water access. How exactly did she end up a clean water advocate, hiking the highest free-standing mountain in the world? All thanks to a coworker in her New York office. “Peter and I used to […]
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Story, Water Crisis

This Week In Clean Water: 7/11/2022

We’re always interested in gaining insight into new developments and policy issues that affect communities’ access to clean water in the US and abroad. Ongoing learning about water-related challenges and solutions helps us more effectively pursue Waterboys’ big, bold goal of bringing clean water to 1 million people. Here are some things that caught our […]
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