Daily Archives: March 3, 2014

“Resiliency” the new liberal (EPA) mantra….

Anything to wiggle in consideration of “climate change” into the drinking water and wastewater regulatory system…..that seems to be the primary purpose of “resiliency”….now the EPA buzzword. It’s creative and actually not all that bad of an idea, except when it is institutionalized within the EPA regulatory structure. Tying it to funding like the drinking water and clean water state revolving loan fund programs is the club used by regulators to hit those evil water systems over the head and further an activist agenda on the amorphous “climate change”.  Like “consolidation” and sustainability, it is a buzzword which simply serves as another regulatory device (or weapon depending on your point of view).

Let’s get on the road to real water and wastewater system sustainability in the true sense of the word before chasing any new EPA buzzword rabbit trails.

Homeland Security Dept finally learns about emergency planning

It seems like the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee never knew about emergency planning. They just held a hearing on the matter (click here). The idea of preparing for extreme weather events has been practiced for over 100 years by water systems large and small. 

Hygiene knowledge in an urban slum

Joshi A, Prasad S, Kasav JB, Segan M, Singh AK. Water and sanitation hygiene knowledge attitude practice in urban slum settings. Glob J Health Sci. 2013 Nov 18;6(2):23-34. doi: 10.5539/gjhs.v6n2p23.

BACKGROUND: Access to improved drinking water, sanitation and hygiene is one of the prime concerns around the globe. This study aimed at assessing water and sanitation hygiene-related attitude and practices, and quality of water in urban slums of south Delhi, India.

METHODOLOGY: This pilot cross sectional study was performed during July 2013 across four urban slums of South Delhi. A convenient sample of 40 participants was enrolled. A modified version of previously validated questionnaire was used to gather information on socio-demographics, existing water and sanitation facilities and water treatment practices. Water quality testing was additionally performed using hydrogen sulphide (H2S) vials.

RESULTS: Average age of participants was 36 years (SD=10). 83% of the participants perceived gastrointestinal tract infection as the most important health problem. 75% of the participants did not use any method for drinking water treatment. 45% of the participants consumed water from privately-owned tube well/ bore well. Water shortage lasted two days or more (50%) at a stretch with severe scarcity occurring twice a year (40%). Females aged 15 years and above were largely responsible (93%) for fetching water from water source. 45% of the participants had toilets within their households. 53% of drinking water samples collected from storage containers showed positive bacteriological contamination.

DISCUSSION: There is an urgent need to develop family centered educational programs that would enhance awareness about water treatment methods that are cost effective and easily accessible.

Renewable energy in decline

“Today, wind and solar provide less than one percent of global energy. While these sources will continue to grow, it’s likely they will deliver  only a tiny amount of the world’s energy for decades to come. Renewable energy  output may have peaked, at least as a percentage of global energy production.” click here