Water Expert John Sauer Joins UPI as Columnist on Global Water Issues

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In light of the growing global water crisis, United Press International (UPI) has launched Global Water Issues on UPI.com, providing its 3.5 million unique monthly visitors with informed and timely news about water and sanitation issues. Its most recent addition is a weekly column by water expert John Sauer of Water Advocates.

We easily flush away diseases with our toilet handle and have clean safe drinking water at the turn of the tap. But the crisis is a problem that greatly matters to Americans as it affects global health, economics and security, which in the interconnected world that we live in has implications for our country.

Water is as important as food in the world of development and as medicine for global health. It is becoming as important as oil and gas in the world of energy and geopolitics. That is why United Press International launched Global Water Issues on UPI.com earlier this year, providing our 3.5 million unique monthly visitors with informed and timely news about water and sanitation issues.

The quality of insight offered in Global Water Issues is about to become even better with its most recent addition, a weekly column by water expert John Sauer of Water Advocates.

"In the midst of a growing global water crisis, UPI is playing a direct role through finding experts to impart their knowledge as informed columnists," said UPI President Nicholas Chiaia.

Sauer's weekly column, "WASH-ing the World -- Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Everyone," will provide a platform for presenting water stories that, Sauer says, can enable governments and private citizens alike to make informed decisions regarding water issues across the globe.

"It is critical that an established news agency like UPI has chosen to write regular stories about the water and sanitation crisis. The U.S. public is largely unaware of the extent and severity of the problem because they no longer see the situation first hand," Sauer said.

"We easily flush away diseases with our toilet handle and have clean safe drinking water at the turn of the tap. But the crisis is a problem that greatly matters to Americans as it affects global health, economics and security, which in the interconnected world that we live in has implications for our country."

Unsafe water is humanity's most serious health threat, and is responsible, not only for 80% of illness in developing countries, but for the deaths of 1.6 million children and 443 million lost school days annually, according to Sauer.

A good part of the Global Water Issues content comes through the UPIU.com initiative with contributions from water specialists, scholars, volunteers and field workers. "UPI is providing an outlet through UPIU.com for citizen journalists and aspiring journalists who have a story to tell about how water issues are affecting their communities and regions," explained Chiaia.

"Through collaboration with experts like John Sauer, we are pushing forward to provide the best water information possible. Furthering our dedication to this collaboration, UPI is hosting "Our Water," a Sept. 23, 2009 event in Washington, DC where Sauer, among others, will be speaking on water-related preventable disease."

About John Sauer

Sauer is communications director for Water Advocates. Over the last 15 years, he has worked as a program manager for several international humanitarian organizations on projects ranging from water and sanitation in Uganda, to developing emergency aid for street children in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sauer also worked almost eight years for Action Against Hunger, both in development, and in the communications field.

Sauer graduated from Fordham University in 1992 and holds a Master's degree in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT. You can read John's new column on UPI.com's Global Water Issues feature at http://www.upi.com/Features/Global-Water-Issues/

About UPI

UPI licenses content directly to print outlets, online media and institutions of all types. In addition, UPI's distribution partners provide its content to thousands of businesses, policy groups and academic institutions worldwide. Over 3.5 million unique visitors visit UPI.com every month and the number is rising. In January 2009 alone, UPI.com received 9.8 million page views.

As it enters its second century, UPI continues to be a leading and trusted source for news, analysis and insight for readers around the world.

About UPIU

A program by United Press International, Inc. (UPI), UPIU is a new, social media platform that brings together journalists, academics, professionals, and bloggers to help advance journalistic skills through systematic feedback and peer review. To learn more, visit UPIU.com.

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