Ten (10) million (let’s let that number soak in a little bit)…ten (10) million people, i.e. now have access to safe water and sanitation through the work of Water.org and the many who have contributed to their cause.
To get an idea of the numbers reached, as well as, to meet ten of the ten million people who have been able to access safe water and sanitation follow the 10 million link.
Persons interested in donating to the cause can just click on donate to be redirected to the relevant page.
As you all know the risk of drought is high due to the climate conditions experienced by some of the Caribbean islands and is especially so for Antigua and Barbuda and a few other islands (namely ABC islands, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Guadeloupe, Guianas, and Barbados), who are under a drought warning, with water shortages expected to “worsen until the next wet season i.e. until May” (CARICOF Newsletter, 2016).
Let’s hope such conditions improve soon for our neighbours and please continue to be diligent in water conservation and best water use practices so that our country doesn’t experience such challenges in the future.
The World Health Organization has continued to keep us abreast of statistics in terms of sanitation and drinking water assessment.
This is particularly significant in terms of monitoring the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the importance of improving the drinking water supply and sanitation on a global scale.
The current report which has been produced as a result of the Joint Monitoring Programme by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) provides information on final MDG assessments on a global, international and regional scale, as well as, highlights the changes in monitoring sanitation, water and hygiene since 1990.
Our print copy of the Water Policy journal (Volume 17 Number 3 2015), the official journal of the World Water Council has been received.
Staff now have access to analyses, reviews, case studies and debates on policy aspects of water resources, in order to build capacity for integrated water management, which depends on dialogue between relevant stakeholders.
This issue provides information on topics such as water reclamation, water environment and economy, water resources, pollution, spatial analysis, water supply, water quality, water recovery, cost recovery, human resources, sanitation, water resources and water needs.
Also included in this issue is a book review on “Federal Rivers – Managing Water in Multi-Layered Political Systems” by Dustin Garrick et al.
The World Health Organization has made available the 4th ed. of its Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality. This document builds on over fifty years of guidance and should serve as an authoritative basis for setting regulations and safety standards for drinking water safety. Please note that surface water is discussed in terms of control measures, hazard identification and verification.
According to the World Health Organization “It is the product of significant revisions to clarify and elaborate on ways of implementing its recommendations of contextual hazard identification and risk management, through the establishment of health-based targets, catchment-to-consumer water safety plans and independent surveillance.” (WHO, 2015).
In order to access this document, you can contact me via email or click on the link below (the 3rd ed. is also available via the link: