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World Water Day

World Water DayTomorrow, March 22, is World Water Day, something that we have never seen or heard of before. In India, water is a very big issue for several reasons. There are millions and millions of people in this country who don’t have access to water, rural water projects are increasingly having trouble distributing water for industry, agriculture, and environmental projects (witness what has happened in Bharatpur), and the situation with global warming and the impact on water supplies is only expected to worsen. Unfortunately, there seem to be very few steps that can be taken at this point to head off further ‘drying’ here.

How to Convert Urine into Drinking WaterThe newspaper had a full page display titled “How to Convert Urine into Drinking Water,” complete with simple step by step instructions and pictures. I think it was meant as an object lesson in which direction things are going rather than as truly practical advice, but I could be wrong. In any case, a kind of disgusting way to bring a very real problem home. I guess you could say it left a bad taste in my mouth.


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  1. […] no access to running water of any kind, making this exhortation a moot point. It reminded me of this great article I’d found a few years ago for World Water […]

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