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Public Health and Drinking Water News Briefs
|USEPA Approves Detection Technology for E. Coli in Drinking Water|
|GAO Finds Bioterror Protection Gaps|
|The Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA) has announced the results of a survey showing that the majority of Americans overwhelmingly support a long-term, federal commitment to water infrastructure funding.
Key findings include:
Luntz Research and Strategic Services conducted the survey with 800 registered voters.
The AMSA survey results come on the heels of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) FY2005 budget request seeking reduced spending on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) in favor of a program of reduced infrastructure through improved utility management, conservation and enhanced watershed protection.
For the AMSA press release on the survey findings, click on to:
|Deteriorating Water and Sanitation Conditions in Haiti Raise Concerns|
|Recent news of political upheaval on the island nation of Haiti have highlighted the growing concern over public water and sanitation health hazards present in the impoverished country where 80 percent of the population live below the poverty line and life expectancy is a mere 51 years.
According to Haitian government statistics, 60 percent of the country’s 8 million citizens do not have safe drinking water. Estimates in the most rural areas are as high as 75 percent. Yet tainted water is used regularly by a population without alternatives. As one Haitian mother states in a February 10, 2004 Washington Post article, “If it is clean, nothing will happen. When the water is not clean, my children get diarrhea.” Use of unsanitary drinking water in Haiti results in a number of gastrointestinal and diarrheal diseases which largely go untreated since many Haitians do not have access to the most basic medical care. Ten percent of Haiti’s extremely high infant mortality rate of 110 per 1,000 is attributable to dehydration from diarrheal diseases.
The Washington Post article reports on an ongoing public campaign to help Haitians disinfect the impure water they use. The campaign teaches individuals to drop a small quantity of chlorine bleach into their water buckets to purify the water. Efforts have also been underway to encourage boiling water to assist in purification. These solutions, though, are viewed as challenges on their own since money to buy bleach or purchase charcoal or gas to boil water is often not available.
For the full text of The Washington Post article “Haiti’s Never-Ending Thirst” click on:
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