Blogs & Utterings

More thoughts on World Toilet Day

by Christiaan Morssink a crappy photo of a crappy toilet I have seen it too often, in too many places. Toilets in disrepair. Toilets that were installed to improve the hygiene of the household, the village, the school, the railway station. Paid for by the customer, or...

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World Toilet Day – Nov 19th

The Throne Bathroom Loo Water closet, or WC Outhouse El baño Stall Porta-potty Latrine or pit latrine The Throne Whatever you want to call it, access to improved sanitation is a right due to all people. If you live in a place where having a toilet in your home is a...

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“Special Toilets” for Guatemala

A World Toilet Day Tale by Tony Sauder Handicap Accessible Bathrooms for Health Clinics in Cipresales and Panahachel, Guatemala The Global Water Alliance is proud to be supporting Acción Contra el Hambre (ACH) -- Action Against Hunger -- a Spanish NGO, working on WASH...

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Unsung Heroes of WASH

Press release from NYEWASCO, Nyeri, Kenya On November 12, 2020, Global Water Intelligence (GWI) reported the death of Peter Gichaaga, the General Manager of Nyewasco, one of Africa's most successful water utilities, a success roundly attributed to Gichaaga's...

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Shocked? You Should Be!

President Morssink, upon hearing the news... Of the 7.6 billion people that comprise the world's population, 74% -- a lucky 5.5 billion of us have basic sanitation or better, but an unlucky 2 billion of us still don't have even basic sanitation. Of those, 673 million...

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World Toilet Day and the East Kolkata Wetlands

And why working with nature is always best... inundated wetlands Before we talk about the East Kolkata Wetlands, let’s establish what wetlands are and why we should care about them. While the regulatory definition of a wetland is complicated, the average person...

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Blue Moon

[photo courtesty of NASA] Maybe the Man in the Moon has never been thirsty, but if he were, things are about to get better for him.  According to NASA, there is water, not only on the dark side of the moon, but on the sunny side, too.  Not much, still about...

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Water and Peace

by Mallory Rappaport Philadelphia at 30th St. Station along the Schulykill River Global Water Alliance conference on Water & Peace emphasizes need for collaborative and sustainable water management On September 24, 2020, the Global Water Alliance (GWA) hosted its...

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Hand Hygiene for ALL

by Christiaan Morssink In frustration, I am shaking my fist at the SARS-COV-2 and at a much too large bunch of dysfunctional politicians on this planet earth. But what good is shaking a fist if you cannot make it into an uppercut. SARS-COV-2 doesn’t care, and those...

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Janjay

So many of our GWA partners are writers, educators, academics, and leaders in their fields in addition to being Water Warriors. Chantal Victoria Bright is all of these. A first generation Liberian-American, she knows the woes associated with a lack of access to clean...

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Con-Census or Peace?

Philadelphia skyline - © pam lazos I saw a cartoon the other day.  A man and a woman hold hands at the water’s edge, an old gnarled tree to the right of them, while off in the distance is a small silhouette of another person standing on a bluff, the only other human...

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Water as a tool of oppression

Written by Kate French We all agree and understand that water is intrinsic to human existence and without it, life on earth will become extinct.  Simply put: water is life.  Less understood is that water has also been used a tool of oppression.  In the...

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Water Security Begets Food Security

Written by Christiaan Morssink. Reflections on the United Nations Sustainable Gastronomy Day, June 18 I grew up with the ritual of growing food in the backyard and on a small plot of land that my father, like so many others, “rented” from the railroad company. All in...

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Plastic-Free Life Redux

Single-use plastic in the kitchen Some months later… Plastic-Free Life Redux I am happy to report that I received a response to my plastics letter. Before I tell you what happened, let me relay a completely unnerving statistic that I read the other day, that is, only...

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Plastic-Free​ Life

A Story of Independence I think I'm just one of those people that needs a mission.  A few months ago, I decided that if I'm ever going to even approach a Zero Waste Life, I need to find ways to buy things with less built-in waste.  The problem with that is I don't...

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Be Like Water

by Pam Lazos When I was born, I shared the water on this planet with just over 3 billion people.  Today, I’m sharing it with 7.7 billion and growing at a rate of 85 million people per year, and it’s safe to say that no matter what year, each and every one of...

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When Fish Poop Feeds the World

by P. J. Lazos If you or your kids have ever won a goldfish at a carnival, chances are you took it home and stuck it in a glass bowl where it swam happily for years.  We had one live for six years until the little rascal finally called it quits.  Soon after we brought...

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Book Review: Thirst

THIRST: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World by Scott Harrison, Founder and CEO of Charity: Water Publ: Currency, 2018, 336 pg. A Review by Stan Laskowski, co-Founder, Global Water Alliance This book is inspirational! I...

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Sponge Cities

By P. J. Lazos    As I made my way into work the other day, an announcement on the radio alerted me to a flood warning that would be in effect until later that evening.  It had rained the day before, and the day before that, the rivers, brown and agitated, running...

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Plastic Free July

   As the forefathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence, the unalienable rights endowed to men (and women) of this country are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Fast forward 242 years and we are seriously messing with those rights as we clamor for a...

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I Just Want to Say One Word to You!

Are you listening? “Yes, Sir”               You’re on a beach. It’s hot. You’re thirsty and you pull a handy plastic bottle from your cooler, take a big swig. You know better than to try the water from the lake, and surely not the ocean ..It’s happy hour time;...

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A Global Man

            To me, Leonardo da Vinci is the greatest example of a Renaissance Man, a polymath with expertise in a wide variety of subject matter; a humanist (a person who values human beings and the autonomous, free-thinking self), supportive of critical thinking; and...

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When Chemicals Collide

by P.J. Lazos   It’s a tenet of the modern age that if you are alive and thriving on our planet, walking around in a “meat suit” — to steal a term from the TV show, “Supernatural” — you are likely composed of a cornucopia of pharmaceuticals, some of which you ingested...

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A Drop of Life

by P.J. Lazos The woman behind the podium said: “Who controls water controls life.”   At the International House on Chestnut Street near the University of Penn's campus in Philadelphia, we had just watched a short film, part documentary, part drama, “A Drop of...

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Wait, Before You Flush

by P.J. Lazos             When our kids were growing up, the rule was no potty talk at the table. Of course, that just emphasized their need to tell fart jokes, their favorite topic, and then laugh hysterically. Now, in a strange twist of events, I talk about poop and...

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World Water Day 10-Gallon Challenge

Reposted from Green Life Blue Water March 22, 2017 was World Water Day.  The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 Global Goals designed to end poverty, provide a quality education, provide affordable and clean energy, and create sustainable cities...

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Your Assimilative Capacity Has Been Reached!

Let's Talk Water: A Series of Blogs by P.J. Lazos Given the recent rains in California, resulting in the evacuation of some 100,000 people due to concerns over stability of Oroville Dam, you would think California’s drought problems are over, but you’re wrong. While...

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Modeling

Photo credit: Nafissatou Ba & Manisha Ayut Modeling by P.J. Lazos              On January 16, 2017, Dr. Christiaan Morssink, Treasurer and Board Member at the Global Water Alliance (GWA) celebrated MLK Day by modeling. No, he didn’t walk down a runway in the...

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World Toilet Day

Let's Talk Water: A Series of Blogs by P.J. Lazos   I think that if Francois Auguste Rene Rodin (1840 - 1917) knew that one of his most famous sculptures, “The Thinker” had become the symbol of World Toilet Day, http://www.worldtoiletday.info/, a day established...

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Thirsty Burger, or Playing with Numbers

Let's Talk Water: A Series of Blogs by P. J. Lazos Consider the cow. It takes one gallon — 3.6 liters — per 100 pounds of body weight to water a cow and two gallons when it is hot outside. If Bessy is lactating, you need to double those numbers. However, that...

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Really?

Swimming In Urban Streams After It Rains Exposes You To Fecal Matter?By Tom McKeonSwimming can be a fun and refreshing activity on a hot summer day. It’s easy to hear sounds of joy around swimming holes and hard to forget the relaxing shared experiences; the idea...

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WATER WARS

Let's Talk Water : A series of blogs by P. J. LazosHow’s this? In the future we will fight wars for water. Sound plausible or more like SciFi? Probably no one really thought we’d fight a war for oil, but then Iraq happened and that strange concept became part of our...

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ARE YOU SECURE, WATER SECURE? 

Let's Talk Water : A series of blogs by P. J. Lazos Water is cleansing. Water is ubiquitous, yet scarce. You can only live four days without water. You need water. Your neighbor needs water. Water beats rock. Water security is defined as the capacity of a population...

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