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The activist is not the man who says the river is dirty. The activist is the man who cleans up the river. Ross Perot
In many developing countries environmental problems are relegated to the periphery because they do not appear to be as urgent as other issues … We cannot survive without clean drinking water, food and pure air. Environmental concerns are not a luxury in Africa. Wangari Maathai
Runaway technology, whose only law is profit, has for years poisoned our air, ravaged our soil, stripped our forests bare, and corrupted our water resources Vance Hartke
The causal chain of the deterioration (of the environment) is easily followed to its source. Too many cars, too many factories, too much detergent, too much pesticide, multiplying contrails, inadequate sewage treatment plants, too little water, too much carbon dioxide---all can be traced easily to too many people. Paul R. Ehrlich
We never know the worth of water till the well is dry. Thomas Fuller
Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds, and mammals—not to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. Theodore Roosevelt
In the United States you use more oil than water. Water takes a few days to recycle. Oil takes 4 million years. Thierry Breton
People who can turn on a tap and have safe and clean water to drink, to cook with and to bathe in often take it for granted — and yet more than one billion of our fellow human beings have little choice but to use potentially harmful sources of water Lee Jong-Wook
Parks are as essential to the physical and emotional health of a city as the water supply. Enrique Penalosa
The solution to pollution is dilution. Anonymous
The frog does not drink in the pond in which he lives. American Indian proverb
Mr. President, this great new baby state [Arizona] is magnificent, this great new baby is ready to join the pantheon of other splendid states in our fair union, this great new baby state is poised to become a veritable paradise. We need only two things: water and lots of people. Henry F. Ashurst
There is a liquid more precious than oil – water! Tony Blair
The poor people drink water which is very good and very common in this country. Pierre Boucher
The next war in the Middle East will be fought over water. Boutros Boutros-Ghali
There are real and growing dangers to our simple and most precious possessions: the air we breathe, the water we bring, and the land which sustains us.... If we do not act, the world of the year 2000 will be much less able to sustain life than it is now. Jimmy Carter
Mankind runs a major risk of the shortage of fresh water. Water is a major source of life but could well be a major source of conflict. Jacques Chirac
We have discovered a land rich in gold, pearls, and other things … There are in the city many large and beautiful houses … and pleasant gardens …. Two great aqueducts made of mortar … The people are dressed with elegance and [have a ] courtly bearing …. Considering that these people are barbarous, lacking knowledge of God and communication with other civilized nations, it is remarkable to see all that they have. Hernan Cortes
We thought we would get around to it sometime down the line. Theoretically we could have regulated it, but it wasn't on our radar screen. James R. Elder
Water is the basis for Jewish existence in the Land of Israel. Levi Eshkol
There is an elaborate safety net with the usual holes. Mary Goldring
People must have water, affordable, necessary water. Mary Goldring
... a victim of the use of water as a beverage. Sam Houston
It really depends on how thirsty I was. Ian Macdonald
Do not stay in a country that lacks these five things: a strong rule, a just judge, a fixed market, a wise physician, and a flowing river Khosrow I
When the water is deep enough, we can tell who is tall. Chinese Proverb
Water is one of the world’s great business opportunities. It promises to be to the 21st century what oil was to the 20th. Fortune Magazine
Half the world’s people fail to receive the level of water services available in many of the cities of ancient Greece and Rome Peter Gleik
If any one open his ditches to water his crop, but is careless, and the water flood the field of his neighbor, then he shall pay his neighbor corn for his loss Hammurabi
Water is the worst thing to privatize. It’s what we need to live. Clair Muler
Water does tend to flow up hill toward money and power. Saundra Postel
He who drinks too much beer must drink water Sumerian Proverb
When a certain spring, at some distance from the town is (excepting the rivers which are an hundred feet below the level of the town, with a very steep bank) the only resource for water --- a sufficient quantity of ground ought to be reserved round it and between it and the town, for conducting it into the town. There is also a stone quarry near it which ought not to be suffered to become private property. Both these ought to be vested in trustees for the use of the town. The most proper trustees would be an incorporation to be made of the town, to take place as soon as a sufficient number of inhabitants should be in it. Many will settle there next summer. Alexander Addison
Advocates of pump priming forget that they are draining the well. Herbert Hoover
People are prejudiced but water isn’t. The Katrina flood went everywhere. Mary Landrieu
It is no business of government to discipline defecation. Anonymous
We'll never know the worth of water till the well goes dry. Scottish Proverb
Hygiene is two thirds of health. Lebanese Proverb
Inadequate infrastructure has social as well as economic consequences. Lack of full access to vital networks—whether roads or broadband or running water—serves to reinforce existing patterns of economic growth and stagnation. It threatens to create new classes of haves and have-nots. Bruce E. Seely
The Council has unanimously defined the national cause as that of liberating Palestine from Zionist imperialism and pursuing a plan of joint Arab action both during the present stage - for which plans have already been laid down - and at the next stage, for which it has already been decided to make preparations Council of Arab States
Strip mining is man’s thorough and total assault upon his planet. Harry M. Caudill
The people of West Virginia deserve jobs. But the people of West Virginia also deserve clean water. Lisa Jackson
Solution to pollution by dilution is fallacious. Helen Caldicott
Pure air, pure water, the inspection of unhealthy habitations, the adulteration of food, these and many kindred matters may be legitimately dealt with by the Legislature; Benjamin Disraeli
At about 9.5 billion people, the world will run out of fresh water. Lionel Shriver
A third of the city's population of over two million people live under unsatisfactory conditions, many under distressing conditions, some under disgraceful conditions. For thousands home is a mockery. It consists of two or three small rooms of which but one is adequately lighted and often even not that one and none of which is adequately ventilated; rooms that in the hot summer day become an inferno of torture to little children, the sick, and the weak. For the persons living in these homes there is little privacy; there are no reticences; they must share the process of living with other families; they must use a common water closet [toilet]; they must get all the water they use from a common faucet in the public hall; the fire peril menaces them at all times … New York City
Israel is a small piece of land. We are not even 1 percent of the Arab space, you know. We don't have water. We don't have oil. Our greatness, if one may say greatness, stems from the fact we had nothing to start with. So we turned to human talent because there weren't natural resources. The Arabs can do it too. Shimon Peres
The air, the water and the ground are free gifts to man and no one has the power to portion them out in parcels. Man must drink and breathe and walk and therefore each man has a right to his share of each. James Fenimore Cooper
There are fewer chemical pollutants in the air. Our drinking water is safer. Our food standards have been raised. We've cleaned up more toxic waste sites in three years than the previous administrations did in twelve. The environment is cleaner, and we have fought off the most vigorous assault on environmental protection since we began to protect the environment in 1970. We are moving in the right direction to the 21st century. Bill Clinton
Many of the wars this century were about oil, but those of the next century will be over water Ismail Serageldin
War over water would be an ultimate obscenity. And yet, unfortunately it is conceivable... Lisa Najeeb Halaby; Queen Victoria
Civilization has been a permanent dialogue between human beings and water. Paolo Lugari
All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. . . The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land. Aldo Leopold
We must treat water as if it were the most precious thing in the world, the most valuable natural resource. Be economical with water! Don't waste it! We still have time to do something about this problem before it is too late…. The shortage of fresh water is the major ecological problem of this moment. Mikhail Gorbachev
Clean water and health care and school and food and tin roofs and cement floor, all of these things should constitute a set of basics that people must have as birthrights. Paul Farmer
Fierce national competition over water resources has prompted fears that water issues contain the seeds of violent conflict. Kofi Annan
We need to connect the dots between climate, poverty, energy, food and water. These issues cannot be addressed in isolation Ban Ki-moon
Stop complaining about the price of your gas. Be thankful your car doesn't run on bottled water. David A. Ridenour
The average citizen doesn’t give buried water pipes a thought until they burst and faucets run dry. James Salzman
Nationwide, more than 10 percent of public water is lost through leaks. On average, a major water pipe bursts somewhere in the country every 2 minutes. James Salzman
We are not calling for war, but we will never permit our water security ... to be threatened. Mohammed Morsi
I consider myself fundamentally more of an environmentalist than many of the environmental groups. We have to come up with new sources of food, new sources of water, new sources of energy. Trying to ignore leading-edge science and technology as a means of getting there is an ostrich approach of burying your head in the sand. Craig Venter
I found on my desk today was a report of the New Mexico malaria control project, which is under direction of the State Board of Public Health, and carried out in cooperation with the WPA and the United States Public Health Service…. The project, it seems to me, is not only meeting with great success from the point of view of controlling the disease, but is doing a great deal to give employment as a by-product in reclaiming land, improving highways, conserving water, not to speak of the educational value it gives to the people employed on it. Eleanor Roosevelt
More people have smart phones than clean water Max Levchin
Biosolids Environmental Protection Administration
Two millennia later, many ancient Roman aqueducts remain serviceable … Operating with no external energy requirements, these brilliantly engineered channels functioned for centuries, … vulnerable only to seismic activity—and eventually of course to conquest. But despite modern materials and engineering methods, the water delivery service of the American West is comparatively ephemeral—for the sole reason that it depends so much on energy. We have built major cities in response to the engineered availability of water, and we did so in an era when energy was cheap and apparently plentiful, But ultimately the price of energy might be as destructive to our public water supplies as invading barbarians were to Rome’s. Austin Troy
More than half the world’s people live in countries where water tables are falling. Lester R. Brown
You can’t imagine what it’s like to live in one of the nine counties effected in West Virginia …what it’s like to not have any water except to flush commodes and put out fires….It has devastated this area … everything is closing … no restaurant is allowed to open…, the people are in their homes, the schools are closed. You’re not supposed to take showers and certainly not supposed to drink the tap water…. I smelled it and tasted it, and I knew something was very wrong. Danny Jones
Among all of our uncertainties weather is the most basic. We can’t live without it and we can’t control it. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
Droughts come and go, but this one is so extreme that it will doubtless affect the discussion of climate change. Karen Ross
It would be impossible adequately to describe the privations which they [the Irish poor] habitually and silently endure…. In many districts, there only food is the potato, their only beverage, water … their cabins are seldom a protection against the weather … a bed or a blanket is a rare luxury … and nearby it all, their pig and manure heap constitute their only property. William Courtenay
The custom of these savages is to live as brute beasts in the mountains which are very rugged in that part of Ireland where we lost ourselves. They are great walkers, and inured to toil. The men are all large-bodied, and of handsome features and limbs and are as active as deer. The most of the women are very beautiful but badly got up. They do not eat more than once a day, and this is at night; and that what they usually eat is butter with oat bread. They drink sour milk, for they have no other drink; they don’t drink water although it is the best in the world. In feast days they eat some meat half-cooked without bread or salt as that is their custom. Francisco de Cuellar
No nation has ever aggressively and intensely exploited national resources over such a great area as has the United States. Josiah Edward Spurr
Governments, however, must think not only of the present, but of the rights of future generations. Pierre Crabites
Rain plays no part in the agricultural life of Egypt. It seldom rains. Irrigation from the Nile was thus introduced at an early date. The summer supply of water in that river is insufficient for the adequate irrigation of the cultivated lands at present dependent on it. Egypt is a growing country. The increase in population today is at the rate of 200,000 souls per annum. Egypt is exclusively an agricultural country. There is, therefore, an insistent demand for expansion of cultivation into new areas now lying fallow for want of water. Further control of the river is accordingly now urgently required. Pierre Crabites
Our forest policy is not to preserve forests because they are beautiful—though that is a good in itself—not to preserve them because they are refuges for wild creatures of the wilderness—though that is a good in itself—but rather to conserve them in order to guarantee a steady and continuous supply of timber, grass, and above all, water. Theodore Roosevelt
America’s forests and waters must come into the hands of not a few men who speculate in them, but be distributed among many men, each of whom intends to make a home upon the land. Theodore Roosevelt
Conservation’s grand challenge is to save nature in a world that will soon have 9 billion hungry, thirsty, energy-using people. Jon Hoekstra
No you don’t have the right, just because it’s your land to dig as many wells as you want, and dry up the water for the rest of the farmers downstream.. Jose Rodriguez
It'll go away only if we make it go away—by not using water. Mario Cuomo
No water—no jobs. Shini Somara
In our wildest dreams we never thought water would be a zero-sum game. Joe Del Bosque
Conservation programs are great but when you’ve already done all the conservation and you got no water, how does that help you? It doesn’t. The only thing that could help us now, is water. Joe Del Bosque
There is enough water ... but the systems we have in place do not have enough flexibility to move water to the places where it is most needed. Jim Lochhead
Farmers had resisted transfers of water to cities at least since California’s water wars a century ago.. Eduardo Porter
I have always seen pollution as theft. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Governor Nelson Rockefeller spent more money in New York to assure clean water than did the entire Federal Government. Richard Norton Smith
In 2012, Coke used more water than close to a quarter of the world’s population.. Bartow J. Elmore
When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water. Benjamin Franklin
Surely there is no place in the World where the Inhabitants live with less Labour than in North Carolina. It approaches nearer to the Description of Lubberland than any other, by the great felicity of the Climate, the easiness of raising Provisions, and the Slothfulness of the People. William Byrd II
This is a story of government failurew, intransigence, unpreparedness, delay, inaction, and environmental injustice. Flint Water Advisory Taskforce

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