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Water… it’s the source of all life. 70 percent of the planet is covered in it, and more than half of your body is made up of it. We use water everyday to refresh, revive, to subsist… yet, water resources are growing increasingly scarce around the world and access to potable water is alarmingly difficult in some regions.
In this special, hour-long edition, we look at some core water issues affecting people around the world, including privatization, access to clean water, desalination technology, bottled water debates, and non-point source pollution.
For a free Listener Packet of additional print material on water issues, email us or call 800-529-5736.
Support for this program comes in part from the PRX Reversioning Project.
Senior Producer/Host/Writer: Tena Rubio.
Contributing Producers: Robynn Takayama, Lester Graham (GLRC – Great Lakes Radio Consortium), Sarah Olson, Sarah Meehan, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Shawn Allee.
Senior Mixing Engineer: Stephanie Welch
Headline News – Wenonah Hauter, Food and Water Watch; Eric Olson, NY Advocacy Center/Natural Resources Defense Council; Wilma Subra, Subra Company.
Water Privatization – Kapua Sproat, Earth Justice; Duke Sevilla, Hui o Na Wai `Eha; Alan M. Arakawa, Mayor of Maui; Avery Chumbley, Wailuku Water Company; Wenonah Hauter, Food and Water Watch; Geoffrey Segal, Reason Foundation.
GLRCs Ten Threats: Bottled Water Diversion Debate – Chuck Swartzle, Besco Water Treatment, Inc.; William E. Lobenherz, Michigan Soft Drink Association; Dave Dempsey, Clean Water Action Great Lakes.
Bottled Water Debate – Stephen Kay, International Bottled Water Association; Erik Olson, Natural Resources Defense Council.
Access to Clean Water (Ghana) – Pascalina, resident of Maamobi; Patrick Apoya, Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS); Ben Ampomah, Water Resources Commission; Michael Agyeman, Ghana Water Company; Leo Shang-Quartey, The Ghana National Coalition Against the Privatization of Water (NCAP).
Desalination – Karl B. Stinson, Alameda County Water District; Dr. Peter Gleick, The Pacific Institute; Richard Stover, Energy Recovery Inc.; Conner Everts, California Statewide De-Sal Response Group.
GLRCs Ten Threats: Rethinking Urban Runoff – Brian Bell, EPA; Grace Troccolo, Chicago Center Green Technology; Dr. Stephen Bocking, Trent University.
For more information:
Alameda County Water District
43885 South Grimmer Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538
Besco Water Treatment, Inc.
California Statewide De-Sal Response Group
2515 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
City of Chicago Department of Environment
Chicago Center for Green Technology (Chicago Green Tech)
445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60612-1711
Clean Water Action – National Office
4455 Connecticut Ave. NW Suite A300
Washington, DC 20008
Coalition of NGOs in Water and Sanitation (CONIWAS)
PMB KA 24, Airport
233-21-25 08 16; email@example.com
223 South King Street, #400
Honolulu, HI 96813-4501
Energy Recovery Inc.
1908 Doolittle Drive
San Leandro, CA 94577
Environmental and Resource Studies Program, Trent University
1600 West Bank Drive
Peterborough, Ontario K9J 7B8 CANADA
705-748-1011 ext.1520 or 705-748-1569; firstname.lastname@example.org
Environmental Working Group
1436 U St. NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20009
Ghana Water Company
PO Box MB 194
233-21-66 67 81
The Ghana National Coalition Against the Privatization of Water (NCAP)
c/o The Trades Union Congress, Hall of Trade Unions
PO Box 701
233-21- 66 25 68
Hui o Na Wai `Eha
c/o John and Rose Marie Duey
575A Iao Valley
Wailuku, HI 96793-3007
International Bottled Water Association
1700 Diagonal Road, Suite 650
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-5213; Fax: 703-683-4074; Info Hotline: 1-800-WATER-11; email@example.com
Michigan Soft Drink Association
517-371-4499; Fax: 517-371-1113
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
212-727-2700; fax: 212-727-1773
National Response Center
(sole federal point of contact for reporting oil and chemical spills)
The Pacific Institute
654 13th Street,
Oakland, CA 94612
The Reason Foundation
3415 S. Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90034
PO Box 9813
New Iberia, LA 70562
Wailuku Water Company
255 E Waiko Rd.,
Wailuku HI 96793-9355
808-244-9570; Fax: 808-242-7068
Water Resources Commission
PO Box CT 5630
Other helpful links:
Drinking Water Information – Biological Indicators of Watershed Health
Water Resources in the US – U.S. Geological Survey
(guide to America’s water resources)
Water Quality Information Center – National Agriculture Library
(list of over 1,000 web sites related to all aspects of water quality)
EPAs Clean Water Through Conservation
Public Radio Exchange (PRX)
Great Lakes Radio Consortium