World Water Week: How two-third of Nigerians survive without potable water

Mrs Owoade’s house has a borehole.
Once it does not smell and does not have sediment, I can drink the water.” Water Vendors Unlike the Owoades and Fasadares, Emmanuela Njoku in Jikwoyi, another suburb of Abuja, said she entirely relies on water vendors.
Though the vendors say they buy their water from boreholes, one cannot be too sure.
In Nigeria, potable water supply is a familiar challenge of households.
About 2.1 billion people worldwide, according to World Bank statistics, do not have access to safe drinking water services and 4.5 billion people lack access to safely managed sanitation.
“Annually, girls and women spend 73 billion hours fetching water.
The 2017 MICS survey stated that 68 per cent of Nigerians buy or source water from locations outside their homes.
He said if the country continues at the present rate of development in the water sector, only about 72 per cent of Nigerians will have access to potable water supply by 2030.
Mr Jurgi said access to safe water can save most of the under five children who die from preventable diseases, as most of the diseases are caused by poor access to water.
He noted that about 88 per cent of diarrhoea cases in Nigeria come from states that do not meet the WASH standard.

2,000 without water for nearly a week

After being nearly a week without water, Public Water Supply District #1 customers received the good news Tuesday that water was being pumped and the system was charging; however, it would still take time for all customers to get water.
A boil advisory went into effect and continues.
It was a long six days for customers of the water district who live south of the Grand River, and south of

Dirty Water Week: Total coliform bacteria test results

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home.
Roughly 70 percent of that use happens indoors.
That’s why Andre Whalen if Culligan Water Conditioning says it is very important that the water is clean and free from contaminants.
“Pasta drinks, your skin drinks.
And if you think about it, it does all drink.” Typically, you cannot identify contaminants in water simply by looking at it.
Chemists can test your drinking water for total coliform bacteria.
“The E. coli is more pathogenic, and it can actually cause a serious illness.” Thompson tested for the presence of total coliform bacteria in the drinking water of three Virginia Beach homes: one that uses household well water, one less than 10 years old on a public system, and one nearly 170 years old on a public system.
“Any presence of total coliform will make the water unsafe for human consumption,” says Thompson.
To perform the test at each home, Thompson removes the faucet’s aerator, cleans the faucet with bleach, and runs the water for at least 5 minutes to flush standing water in the pipes.
When the results came back for each home, they were all the same: negative for E. coli and total coliform.

Thursday rain doesn’t soften drought

While this week’s drought update from the National Weather Service office in St. Louis shows no dramatic change in precipitation patterns in the immediate future, there is good news with lower temperatures and less humidity in the forecast.
Mid-Thursday storms delivered 1.3 inches of rain in the Jefferson City area, but National Weather Service Hydrologist Mark Fuchs said it would take several days of that type of rain to bring the area to normal rainfall amounts for this time of the year.
“The worst of the drought has occurred in the last few weeks, starting around the beginning of June,” Fuchs said.
For the year, we’re at 15.3 inches of rain, which is down 8.3 inches from the average of 23.7 inches.” The long-term forecast is not offering much hope for significant rains, Fuchs said.
“Almost always the culprit is a big high pressure system in the southern part of the country pushing north into the Midwest, and that’s what we’ve seen,” he said.
“When you get to the 100-degree mark, like we’ve seen for much of the past couple of weeks, that causes evaporation; and this part of the country has extraordinarily high rates,” he said.
Another positive for Mid-Missouri counties along the Missouri River is river levels are where water access will not be a problem for the immediate future.
There are at least three public water supplies in northern Missouri where much of the area is listed in “extreme” drought.
The governor’s action included a drought alert for 47 Missouri counties experiencing severe or extreme drought on the U.S. Drought Monitor.

ATQ: Second drinking water advisory issued for Clio residents in 1 week

The City of Clio issued a drinking water warning due to a break in an operating water main that resulted in a loss of pressure.
Clio residents that live along Tacoma Court and 3450 W. Vienna Road were boiling their water following the issue.
The valve has since been opened, but the advisory remains in effect.
This is the second water advisory issued in Clio in the past week.
Turner is not happy about the boil water advisory.
"It kind of makes me wonder what will happen to me if I drink it or washed with it," Turner said.
The city said accidents are going to happen in projects like this, but the important question is how many times will this happen before the contractor faces some consequences.
They’re doing a good job," Wiederhold said.
Wiederhold said it will become an issue if the contractor continues to break water mains.
For more information, contact the city at 810-686-5850.

Weekly weather: drought conditions to worsen

The week ahead is set to be warm, dry and settled, with rainfall totals less than 4mm for the bulk of the country.
Monday is forecast to be a mix of sunny spells and cloudy periods, with top temperatures of 23°C to 27°C, according to Met Éireann.
The middle of the week will generally be slightly cooler with good sunshine and some broken clouds.
Highest temperatures will range from 22°C to 26°C.
Farming forecast It has been almost completely dry across the country this past week, apart from patchy drizzle in the northwest and the odd shower in the southwest.
Drying and spraying A yellow drought warning is in place and, while currently there are good spraying conditions, caution is required due to leaf scorch.
Field conditions Soil moisture deficits are very high and range from around 55mm to 65mm in west Ulster and west Connacht but 70mm to 90mm elsewhere, highest of all over east and south Leinster.
Heatwave advice Human health and animal health: precautions and regular checking of animals is advised with the increased temperatures over the coming week.
Animal transportation: there are a number of factors that should be kept in mind when transporting livestock.
Silage and topping: an increasing soil moisture deficit is starting to hit growth and yield in second-cut crops.

Heading to the American River this week? Here’s where E. coli levels are high

Planning to visit the lower American River this holiday weekend?
But they urged using "common sense" precautions because certain stretches of the waterway are contaminated with potentially harmful levels of E. coli bacteria.
Laputz recommended that visitors check the latest E. coli levels on an online map, or by following CA Water Boards on Twitter.
County health officials said they are unaware of any cases of illnesses related to the water’s contamination, but said visitors should be cautious.
The health risk in the American is "no different than in any public waterway," she said.
Laputz said the board’s research of contaminants along the river is in its early stages and has yet to pinpoint the sources of contamination.
"We’ve not identified a trend at this point," Laputz said.. Related stories from Sacramento Bee E. coli outbreak update: It might be safe to buy and eat romaine lettuce again Why raw milk is dangerous and needs to be regulated Warning: Those lipstick samples could be loaded with poop, investigation finds DNA studies and other research will help determine the sources and risks of the E. coli, he said.
The results will help county health officials better gauge the level or risk for people who use the river for recreational activities.
It also will help authorities figure out ways to reduce bacteria levels in the waterway, said Laputz.
Until then, "people need to pay attention to safe habits," including showering after spending time in the river and picking up after pets.

Drought day 13: Heatwave to last at least another week

Met Éireann issues nationwide drought warning until at least Friday night A large part of the country has not experienced rainfall in 13 days with warm and sunny weather conditions expected to continue into early next week.
“There was some rainfall in parts but there’s been drought up to now in the east and south east but our advisory says that will become even more widespread this week,” she told The Irish Times.
“Our charts go up to 10 days and they’re showing no change Monday through to Wednesday next week.” Ms Byrne said Met Éireann will review the drought warning over the coming days and whether it may be extended.
Tuesday is expected to be warm and dry with good sunshine with highest temperatures of 27 degrees.
Patchy cloud will develop in southern coastal areas on Tuesday night with minimum temperatures between 9 and 14 degrees.
Wednesday is forecast to be warm and dry in most areas with sunshine.
However, cloud will increase from the south and a few scattered showers will develop during the afternoon and evening, most likely in parts of Munster and Leinster.
Friday will see a return to dry, warm and mostly sunny conditions with maximum temperatures in the low to mid-20s.
Growers have had to pay more attention and are using a lot more water at the moment, which means that fruit crops will be smaller and sweeter, he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland on Tuesday.
Grain specialist Bobby Miller said it will be September or October before some tillage farmers will know the full extent of the impact of the extreme weather conditions so far this year.

It’ll still be very hot this week as drought warning to remain until Friday

THERE IS GOOD news for those who’ve been enjoying the sun over the past few weeks: we’re set for another hot week with “little or no rain forecast” across the country.
However, that means that Met Éireann’s status yellow drought warning remains in place as this week gets underway with temperatures reaching as high as 27 degrees in some parts of the country today.
A separate status yellow warning kicks into effect at 11am today for most of the country – in Munster, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Galway, Leitrim and Roscommon – due to the high temperatures.
The warmest weather today will be found in Munster and south Leinster, and the warm, dry weather will continue into tomorrow.
Wednesday is forecast to be largely similar, with the slight risk of one or two isolated shower.
Apart from some cloudy intervals early this morning, today will be warm & mostly sunny with light to moderate NE breezes.
Highs 22-28C for much of the country, warmest in Munster and south Leinster.
Cooler in northern and western parts of Connacht & Ulster with highs of 15 to 21C — Met Éireann (@MetEireann) July 2, 2018 Looking further ahead, the rest of the week will be largely similar with temperatures likely in the mid-to-low twenties throughout.
Met Éireann added in its forecast: “At the moment it looks like the early days of next week will continue warm, dry and mostly sunny.” However, the drought conditions have contributed to a hosepipe ban introduced by Irish Water, which has urged customers to conserve water.

Weekly weather: drought conditions to persist

Countrywide, the week ahead is forecast to be warm, dry and sunny, with a drought warning in place until Friday, 6 July.
It will become very warm as temperatures reach 20°C to 27°C, again slightly cooler near coasts due to onshore sea breezes.
High pressure and settled conditions will persist throughout the coming week, with warm, dry and sunny conditions countrywide.
Farming forecast It has been completely dry in Ireland this past week except for the far southeast of the country where a trace of rain was recorded, amounting to just 0.1mm.
There will be almost no rainfall this week either except for the odd shower or spot of misty drizzle from very weak weather fronts.
They’ve warned that well-trodden paths could be slippy for people and animals.
Heatwave advice Human health and animal health: precautions and regular checking of animals is advised with the increased temperatures over the coming week.
Animal transportation: there are a number of factors that should be kept in mind when transporting livestock.
Silage and topping: an increasing soil moisture deficit is starting to hit growth and yield in second-cut crops.
Water advice: water intake will be much higher next week, so it is important to ensure that facilities can deal with increased demand.