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Forget Now -- We Need to Find The Fix For Forever

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 9:00 AM

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Students at a school supported by Water For People in India

The closing of a year always opens a window to the next: we reflect upon what happened (and what didn't) in the last 12 months, and we aspire to be better...

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Water Matters

(3) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 5:58 PM

A swimming pool. Your morning coffee. A fresh-looking lawn. What do they all have in common? Yes, you guessed it -- water. But for many here in Denver, we don't often think about water until we're told we must change our behavior to help conserve.

Marco? Polo. from Water For People on Vimeo.

What would you do if suddenly restaurants didn't serve you water with meals, or if you can only water your lawns two days a week and must follow a strict schedule? Oh wait, that happened. And chances are you've already noticed your change in behavior due to these restrictions imposed when a stage 2 drought was declared for the second year in a row.

Still despite these restrictions, you can always walk to the sink and water will come from the faucet. But for millions around the world, this is not the case. In fact, there are an estimated 1.8 billion people worldwide without access to safe water. Listen, we get it. It's hard to think about these immense issues like the global water crisis when it's not affecting our daily lives. But here in Colorado, this is changing and so is the conversation about water.

Today, we're hearing more about water legislation and the challenges of our threatened Colorado River. And in a matter of days, nearly 14,000 water professionals from around the world will arrive in Denver for the American Water Works Association's 13th Annual Conference and Exhibition.

To kick start this conference, Water For People will host the Festival For Water, a free music event in Civic Center Park on Sunday June 9th to raise awareness about the water crisis in Colorado and around the world. At Water For People we know it takes the collective support of everyone to make an impact. We hope you will join us!

So this summer, when you're jumping into a refreshing pool or turning the tap for a glass of water, remember Water...

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How Can We Create a World Where Everyone Has Access to Water?

(4) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 3:40 PM

Every organization focused on addressing the water and sanitation crisis has a mission statement that suggests they want to create a world where all people have access to water, or where no child dies from a water- or sanitation-related disease. And this is truly the type of world we all...

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Cricket With Broken Handpumps

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 5:14 PM

A few boys are laughing with me as we talk cricket, leaning on a broken handpump. Of course, they love their Indian national team and weren't having my nonsense about how South Africa is a better team.

The handpump is important to them. Not because water flows from it...

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Few Celebrating MDG Success in Water

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 2:22 PM

If you want to see the true difference between polio eradication and water supply look no further than the recent announcement that the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for water has been achieved.

With polio, a rigorous monitoring program and an unrelenting focus on actual polio eradication has led to...

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The London Declaration and Eliminating NTDs

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2012 | 7:19 PM

Global leaders and forward-thinking philanthropists and donors committed to eradicating Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) by signing onto The London Declaration. This is a big and bold move, as NTDs are brutally efficient at undermining the health and nutritional status of hundreds of millions of people worldwide. NTDs infections...

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