Save the Water.
Cape Cod, Portland, and Los Angeles began water study groups. On
November 28, 2005, Catonsville held a program on "Save the
Water" led by Angel Shannon, with guest speaker Andy Fellows of
Clean Water Action. Delaware County launched its water campaign with a
potluck, film about the Delaware River, talk by Kate Zaidan from
national WILPF and a discussion. It invited people from environmental
and social justice groups. It also offered scholarships to the Feb. U.N.
conference "The Global Challenge of Water." Triangle is
working with OrangeWater and Sewer authority to spread information about
the advantages of local tap water over commercial bottled water. Detroit
followed its September forum "Water as a Right Based in the Common
Good" with study groups and printed comments by the forum speaker
on "What's the 'Common Good,' Anyway?" Cape Cod
called attention to passage of the "Water for the Poor Act"
(HR 1973), to make access to safe water and sanitation a major purpose
of U.S. foreign assistance. Sacramento Valley presented "Water for
All: Corporate Rights vs. Human Rights--Keeping Water in Public
Hands," with Nancy Price from the Leadership Team. Price was also
the speaker on "Monterey Water: It's Our Water. It's Our
Money. Can We Take It Back?" at the Cluster meeting. MN
Metro's water study group visited metro area drinking water and
wastewater treatment plants and is now designing follow-up. Santa
Cruz's water committee is researching possible metal water bottles
in place of the "kNOw" plastic water bottles they ordered
previously, because of nalgene used in the plastic bottles. Cape Cod
alerted readers to MA House bill HB 1333 "An Act to Preserve Public
Water and Sewer Systems."