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Newsletter #57 for December 30, 2011

Surveys Say: Americans Support Safe Drinking Water but Don't Know Where it Comes From

Two recent surveys, one by Ipsos and another by The Nature Conservancy, shed light on American perspectives of their water.

The first study, an online poll of 1,015 adults, showed that "61 percent of Americans believe access to safe drinking water and sanitation should be a priority for the United States government when assisting developing nations." The second study demonstrated that more than 3/4 of Americans "could not accurately identify the natural source of the water used in their homes."

These results are not surprising, as they seem to validate the notion that American's take their water for granted. I would argue that most people in the US, even those in rural areas, don't realize there are very real water challenges here in our country.

Another question from the Ipsos poll revealed that "more than half of Americans agree it is important for the United States to invest in American-based charities that provide developing nations with access to safe drinking water and sanitation." We are so quick to offer donations for developing nations, but why aren't we supporting our own infrastructure?

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Weekly Reading for December 27, 2011

Each week we'll provide a collection of our favorite links we know you'll love too!

Operations Challenge Boosts Résumés, Gives Competitors Advantage in Job Market - WEF's Ops Challenge is a career-building opportunity.
Keep the Clean Water Act Strong - An insightful editorial by a former USEPA Administrator.
Passing on water treatment knowledge - A great video highlighting the hands-on operator training program at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville.
To Maintain Water Pumps, It Takes More Than a Village - Capital projects funding here in the US can sometimes lead to similar outcomes, where there is insufficient capacity to maintain the new infrastructure.

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