Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bill Providing Safe Drinking Water

Several weeks ago, a new bill was introduced by the House of Representatives. Titled "The Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act 0f 2009 (H.R. 2030)", this bill is aimed at providing easier access to safe drinking water and improving sanitation for 100 million people by 2015. Currently, there are about 1 billion people in the world who lack clean drinking water, and 2.5 billion who live in unsanitary conditions which often result in a life-threatening disease. If this bill gets passed, the US will become a leading player in addressing the MDG concerned with water and sanitation. According to Patricia Simon, wife of the late Senator Paul Simon, "This new legislation is critical for bringing support- both financial and human- for the water and sanitation crisis to respectable levels." Read more about it here.

Remember to keep calling your congressional leaders every week, and add this bill to the list of legislature that we want them to support!