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Infographic: The water rich vs. the water poor

World Water Day 2015 is this weekend. This year’s event celebrates the vital role that water plays in fostering sustainable development. But it’s also important to remember that, just as levels of economic and social development are uneven worldwide, so too is access to safe drinking water and sanitation uneven. This inequality of water creates … Continued

Got 3 minutes? Learn why rivers change their courses

Rivers. They’re pretty amazing things. They provide humans with water for drinking, irrigation, and sanitation. They give us fish and other aquatic animals for food. They can be harnessed to power grind our grain, run our looms, and even power our cities. Their seasonal floods can bring rich silt to our fields or destruction and … Continued

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Watch how sprawl transformed one watershed in Northeast Ohio

A few months ago, I looked at the root causes of Northeast Ohio’s recent flooding problems. I placed the blame largely on two culprits – a changing climate and land use changes. The latter cause is particularly acute in Cuyahoga County, where the overall population has actually shrunk since 1948, while the amount of land … Continued

Current Events: News from the world of water

Welcome to the December edition of “Current Events,” our new feature that gives you an update on what’s going on in the world of water, from Lake Erie to Lake Victoria, and everywhere in between.  There has been a lot of important water headlines in the news the past few weeks, so let’s get started: … Continued

11 steps you can take today to fight harmful algal blooms

As we all know by now, at 2:00 on the morning of Saturday, August 2, officials in Toledo issued a do not drink advisory, depriving more than 400,000 people in the region of safe drinking water. Officials took action after tests revealed levels of microcystin, a dangerous liver toxin, reached 2.5 parts per billion (ppb), … Continued

Johnny Mango’s 20% Day in Ohio City

DOWNLOAD FLYER HERE: fundraiser-flyer-feb4 Enjoy a meal with friends or order lunch for the office at Johnny Mango’s in Ohio City on Monday, February 4th 11am-11pm and 20% of your bill will be donated to DLDT!   Turn in your flyer when you settle your bill and 20% will be donated to support our work at … Continued

Water Conservation: Rooftop Gardens Protect Local Water

Executive Director of Drink Local. Drink Tap.© (DLDT), Erin Huber, returned to her Alma Mater, Cleveland State University (CSU), for CSU’s 2012 homecoming celebration. Made possible by the entrepreneurial efforts of Erin Huber and LeeAnn Westfall, CSU’s LEED certified Recreation Center boasts a sustainable rooftop garden. For homecoming, Erin was given a “Distinguished Alumni” Award … Continued

Water is flowing

The children of St. Bonaventure Primary School in Mulajje are closer to having a water source on school grounds. The weather in Mulajje cooperated this past weekend, making it possible to begin drilling the borehole on schedule. On Saturday morning, the 10-person crew began the process of drilling while the kids of the village stood … Continued

Turning appreciation into action: Uganda 2012

Based in the Great Lakes region in the United States, Drink Local. Drink Tap.© (DLDT) realizes that reconnecting to local water wealth is critical in creating the foundation for people to “wake up” to water. The entire planet is covered with water, but only 3% is fresh, and .3% of that is available to drink. … Continued

Uganda Update- the dates are set!

We are proud to announce the tickets are bought for Uganda! June 4-mid-July DLDT will be filming and working to finish the borehole in rural Uganda for over 700 children (about half are orphaned) and the surrounding village of Mulajji. The only way this is made possible is through our sponsors– especially Affinity Consultants, Inc. … Continued

First Beach Cleanup of 2012- Saturday April 7th 10am-12pm

We are excited to have you back this year and hope you will be bringing your friends and family to join in the fun! Our first beach cleanup of 2012 will be at our adopted beach: Edgewater Beach State Park, Cleveland Ohio Saturday, April 7th, 10am-12pm Remember! Wear close toes shoes, come with an adult, … Continued

Film Update-Waking Up to Water (Part 2)

Hello DLDT supporters! We were trying to push for the 36th  Cleveland International Film Festival final deadline with our film, but have decided to use the piece we are (almost) finished producing to raise the rest of the funds and the people power we need to make the story whole. The current piece will be … Continued


Saturday, February 25, 2012 6:00pm until 10:00pm Loren Naji Studio Gallery, 2138 West 25th Street, Cleveland, Ohio   An evening of art and entertainment to benefit families without safe drinking water. The event will include an exhibition of photography by Laura Watilo Blake, plus interactive live entertainment, food, drink and an African handicrafts market.Gallery Show and Entertainment night for … Continued

The Diseased Staple of Africa

Meet the Jerrycan. Imagine saving up your shillings (maybe $2USD) to purchase a dirty, used plastic container to carry the water for your family. For the orphans at St. Bonaventure school in Mullajji Village, this is the water for themselves to bath in, brush their teeth, wash their hands, cook, clean, and complete other water … Continued

$30,000 in 30 days

It’s the season of giving! It’s the time of year where we hope to open our hearts and share what we can to make this world a better place. We are working on two major projects right now at Drink Local. Drink Tap. (501c3) and YOU can be a part of the wavemaking with us! Currently, we funding our: … Continued

Father Gerald and HIS golden soul.

Father Gerald doesn’t sleep- because he’s got a BIG job to do and a big heart. He cares for the vulnerable; a trait that reminds me of my own father. His love is so special. If I had to give him a job title, it would be “Regional Social-worker Aids Rescue-research-education-stigma distinguishing,  Assistant parish priest (Mulajji Village, … Continued

Freddie is one of many.

See this photo and more at:     Photo by|Erin Huber Photo Reflection Blog by| Erin Huber, Director of Drink Local. Drink Tap.   Freddie IS the reason we need to share LOVE. I met this handsome young man on my last day in Mulajji and he made me smile and cry all at once.  Mama … Continued

Staying Awake: Awakening the Dreamer Event | October 25th, 2011

STAYING AWAKE: Awakening the Dreamer Event: October 25th (see details below) Staying Awake… is a monthly networking gathering originating within the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream program of the Pachamama Alliance.  The Staying Awake… programs are open to all with no fee or prerequisites.  The purpose of Staying Awake… is to build a network … Continued

Irene and SHARING.

Nakamatte Irene is tough and has a heart of gold, like most African women I have come to know. See this photo and more at:     Photo by|Laura Watilo Blake Photo Reflection Blog by| Erin Huber, Director of Drink Local. Drink Tap.   Irene has done whatever it takes in her 30 some-odd years on this … Continued

Father Joseph (the youngest priest)

   Photo by Elbee Studio| Laura Blake    Reflection by Erin Huber| Director  Drink Local Drink Tap                                                 FATHER JOSEPH reminds me of an intelligent child. He has every quality of someone you … Continued


Patricia. As I look back at some writing I did in my personal journal pre- Africa, I found myself writing about being in love with these children and people of Africa before we ever met. I wondered if it was, in fact possible, to love someone you have never met? Well, it is. Patricia is … Continued

Awakenings in Africa

Awakening in Africa Photos at: I will not forget the beautiful people we met through our journeys, the simple moments that made us smile, or the endless supply of matoke we consumed from daybreak to dinnertime. Most importantly, I will never forget the feeling of what it’s like to live in survival mode in Africa or … Continued

POLICY TALK, LOCAL Water, NEW Water and BIZ Water…

          EPA Drinking Water Guide 2011   EPA Launches Green Infrastructure Plans to Manage our waters May 2011 President Obama’s Clean Water Framework April 2011 Botanical Gardens-Trying to keep chemicals off lawns April 2011 Great Lakes Funding Article Spring 2011 Water Rates in CLEVELAND 2011 Spring Plain Dealer Article Pyramid of New … Continued

Beach Clean-up BLOG 2011 (trash talk!)

Tell us about how much fun you had saving trash from our BEAUTIFUL Lake! Want to volunteer? Email our Beach Clean-up Manager Babette today:

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October 12th, 2011 INSPiRED.         September 21st, 2011 Changing with the leaves! September 14th   August 26th September: Beach Parties, Movie Trailers, and Wavemaking!     Get on our mailing list by emailing: Erin Huber at