Happy World Water Day! Celebrate by Donating Water

WorldWaterDay 2015 Happy World Water Day! Celebrate by Donating WaterInternational World Water Day is held every year on March 22 to bring attention on the importance of freshwater and to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. During this year’s World Water Day, UNICEF released the statistic that about 750 million people around the world lack access to safe water, or 1 in 9 people worldwide.

“Some 2.3 billion people have gained access to improved sources of drinking water since 1990,” said Sanjay Wijesekera, head of UNICEF’s global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs. “But there is more to do. Water is the very essence of life and yet three quarters of a billion people, mostly the poor and marginalized still today are deprived of this most basic human right.”

How can you celebrate World Water Day?

Celebrate by donating water! Check out these water donation charities below:

charity: water – Founded by Scott Harrison in 2006, charity: water provides clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations and has helped provide water to over 4.6 million people. The organization is backed by private funders so 100% of your donation will go to providing water.

Water for People – Started in 1991, Water for People works to provide clean water and sanitation specifically to Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and India. Unlike many water donation charities, Water for People works with local communities and governments to invest in their own water solutions, monitors the water solution for 10 years and teaches locals how to fix the solution in case anything breaks.

WaterisLife – Provides clean drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs to schools and villages worldwide. Through their community-driven and community-engaged programs, WiL works with nonprofit partners, local governments, and community organizations to ensure households, schools, orphanages, and medical facilities have access to safe water, proper sanitation, and hygiene programs.

Water.org – Founded by Gary White and actor Matt Damon, Water.org works to provide safe water and the dignity of a toilet for everyone in our lifetime. Water.org does more than drill a well, they work with local partners to tailor a water solution to the needs of each community while also providing intense training and motivation seminars on the link between good health and good hygiene. works with local partners to develop solutions By working with local partners to deliver solutions for long-term success, Water.org.

Weird Water News – March 13

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Floating in Lake Michigan? Two Michigan teens were rescued by firefighters after they floated away from the coast on an chunk of ice.
  • A cow in the hot tub? Third generation farmer, Dean Gangwer found a newborn calf barely breathing in a snowbank on his farm in Indiana, so he jumped in his hot tub fully clothed with the calf to warm the calf up!
  • Once-in-a-generation iceberg! Human-sized chunks of ice are washing ashore on the Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts!
  • Humans aren’t the only one sick of the snow! A seal needed to be rescued after it was stranded on a snowbank in the coastal town of Wells, ME.

Weird Water News – March 6

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • If a snowy California is odd, how about Hawaii with a FOOT of snow?! A storm left more than a foot of snow at the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii!
  • It recently saw Free Willy and wanted to escape captivity… An octopus at the Seattle Aquarium tried to escape its enclosure by scaling the walls and throwing a tentacle over the top before someone tossed the tentacle back.
  • Normally you catch fish when ice fishing… this man caught a bird! While ice fishing in Pennsylvania, Fred Christensen caught a duck under the ice!

Weird Water News – February 27

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • It might not be the best time to go swimming… the waves in Nantucket are partly frozen, resulting in “slurpee” waves!
  • Anyone up for some catfish? Dino Ferrari caught a 280-pound catfish in Italy’s Po River!
  • Want to walk across the Hudson River? The Hudson River is slowly freezing like it did in the 1800s, causing ferry delays and closures and forcing the coast guard to use a 140-foot ice breaker to ensure the waters remain passable.
  • Your eyes aren’t deceiving you! Huacachina looks like a mirage but it is actually a fully functional town of less than 100 people in the middle of the Peruvian desert!
  • The Orchestra of Ice? Several musicians recently performed a concert during this year’s Ice Music Festival in Geilo in Norway using only instruments made of ice!

Weird Water News – February 20

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Is it still a waterfall if the water is frozen? After weeks of sustained cold temperatures, all three sections of Niagara Falls appear to be frozen – though the Niagara River still flows under the ice.
  • Speaking of frozen waterways… Ninety-eight percent of Lake Erie is covered in ice! The Great Lakes as a whole are experiencing 85.4% ice cover.
  • The cold might not bother Disney Queen Elsa, but it certainly bothers the people of Harlan, KY! The police department in the small, rural town has issued a joke warrant for Elsa’s arrest.
  • Move over Loch Ness Monster, there is a new water creature! In celebration of the 100th birthday celebration of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, a giant ice dragon is being sculpted from 60 tons of ice!
  • Most of the country is battling snow and the cold, but one family is battling for space on their kayak! One family took advantage of the warm weather in Santa Barbara by kayaking in the harbor when a young sea lion hopped on board for a ride!

¡Felicidades The University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras Joins Hundreds of Schools by Banning the Bottle!

UniversityofPuertoRico Logo ¡Felicidades The University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras Joins Hundreds of Schools by Banning the Bottle!The student-led campaign to remove plastic bottles from campus began in 2010  after several students in the Eco-Environmental Society participated in a research project studying the impact of bottled water on the environment and on the college campus. The Eco-Environmental Society then worked to educate the campus on the negative effects of bottled water, including the large amount of waste that is produced, the contribution to climate change this waste creates, the privatization of water, and the limited regulation and safety around bottled water.

Of the course of the next year, the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras will work to completely eliminate the sale of bottled water at campus-based businesses and increase the availability of bottled water alternatives, like hydration stations. The University Board recently voted unanimously to consider this initiative for the other campuses – eleven in total – in the University of Puerto Rico system.

Congratulations University of Puerto Rico! Join the University of Puerto Rico and hundreds of other colleges and universities, by eliminating bottled water from your school or business!

Weird Water News – February 13

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Want snow? Kyle Waring of Manchester, MA is selling snow from the recent snowstorm and at $12.99 for 16 ounces, it is a steal!
  • Water judges? At the 16th annual Great American Water Taste Test, three water judges named the water from Easthampton, MA as the best water in the United States, based on the water’s taste, clarity, and bouquet.
  • Just in time for Valentine’s Day! A Portland-based company will be releasing the “Love Bottle,” a reusable glass bottle with space for you to design your own positive label.

Congratulations, Bemidji State University on Banning the Bottle!

BottledWaterBan 150x141 Congratulations, Bemidji State University on Banning the Bottle!The student government at Bemidji State University, part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, voted unanimously to pass a bill banning the sale of plastic water bottles. BSU is the first in the MnSCU system to ban the sale of bottled water on campus, though two non-MnSCU campuses in Minnesota, Macalester and the College of Saint Benedict, have already banned the bottle.

The bill was put forward by seniors Alex Miller and Seth Hofland with the aim of fostering environmental sustainability and access to free water rather than commercial water. As the bill reads, “The production and distribution of bottled water is an unsustainable industry. Bemidji State University should not invest in the bottled water industry’s attempt to deny the basic human right to have access to clean drinking water.”

The bill would ban the sale of bottled water on campus, with the exception of Chet Anderson Stadium, starting fall of 2016. However, the BSU administration must also approve the bill before the sale of water is actually banned, though the unanimous vote would be a strong incentive for support.

Join Bemigji State University and hundreds of other schools that have banned the bottle, by switching to bottleless water coolers from Quench!

Weird Water News – February 6

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Maybe they need some sweaters? Over 300 manatees have been crowding into the warm waters of the Three Sisters Springs in Florida as ocean temperatures have dropped substantially.
  • For science! Researchers from the University of Alaska are investigating methane gas emitted from permafrost by lighting gas bubbles on fire.
  • Move over ice hotels… Builders have created the Ice Church high on a remote mountain in Romania.
  • A reusable water bottle that stays cold! Andrew Weckman is working to develop a self-cooling water bottle that will keep water at 55 degrees for up to 8 hours!
  • Maybe he was watching a funny cat video? A man was so engrossed in his cell phone he failed to see the giant humpback whale swimming about 2 feet from him.

Weird Water News – January 30

The Quench Weird Water News recaps the week’s top 5 weird water news stories. Come back each Friday for the latest stories!

  • Some people put ice cubes in milk to make it extra cold – these cows decided to skip the middle man! Firefighters had to rescue two cows that had plunged through an icy pond.
  • Heard of crystal blue water, but never black water! The water in a Southern California community south of Los Angeles is black, but Golden State Water Company contends that the water is safe to drink.