Briefing on a New Web Resource to Address Global Drinking Water Crisis

Media Contact: Museum Communications Officer, Koshland Science Museum
Phone: 202-334-1201, Email: Museum Communications Officer

Maureen O'Leary, Office of News and Public Information, The National Academies
202-334-2138, Email: Maureen O'Leary


Diseases caused by unsafe drinking water and poor sanitation are among the world's most serious public health threats, accounting for nearly 80 percent of illnesses in developing countries and killing millions of people – mostly children – each year.

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Global Health and Education Foundation are joining more than 125 science, engineering, and medical academies around the world to take action on the global drinking water crisis by launching the Web site, “Safe Drinking Water Is Essential,”

A public briefing will be held to discuss this valuable Web resource, the first tool of its kind to provide international decision makers with peer-reviewed scientific and technical information about drinking water distribution and treatment options.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007
11 a.m.–12 p.m. EDT
Murrow Room
National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC

Ralph J. Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences
Kenneth Behring, Founder, Global Health and Education Foundation
Peter Gleick, President, Pacific Institute
José Tundisi, President, International Ecological Institute
Hamé Watt, International Water Supply and Sanitation Consultant

Reporters who are unable to attend the briefing may listen to a live audio Web cast and submit questions using an e-mail form at on September 12 from 11 a.m. to noon EDT.

If you need additional information, please call Amy Shaw at 202-334-1612 or, or Maureen O´Leary at 202-334-2138 or