Detroit’s water crisis has drawn international attention in recent weeks putting a spotlight on the water cut-off program being pursued by the city. Organizations on the ground have been calling for an end to the cut-offs since March when the city announced it would begin shutting off water services to 1,500 to 3,000 households every week.
Health Canada recently released the names of First Nation communities under drinking water advisories (DWAs). As of May 31st, 2014 there were 130 DWAs in 91 First Nation communities across Canada (not including British Columbia*). The information and lists can be found in English and French.
The Mayor of Bern, Switzerland has written the Mayor of Cambuquira, Brazil congratulating him on his municipality becoming a blue community.
"The city of Zurich is to assume more responsibility in terms of water and join the international 'Blue Community' initiative. ...Upon accession, the city will recognize, among other things, that the right to clean water is a human right, that the water supply is the responsibility of the public sector and should remain so to ensure that all people have easy access to drinking water. The city...
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow tweets, "Oil company suing Quebec town for trying to protect its water! Big oil has too much power!"