Water Education and Mitigating Water Pollution: Making the Connection in the Philippines

Project WET Foundation Senior Vice President John EtgenProject WET Foundation Senior Vice President John Etgen Speaking at the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting (APEC 15) in Cebu City this week, Project WET Senior Vice President John Etgen explained how water education can help combat water pollution and protect water quality.

“When people understand that water is a renewable resource, they have a better grasp of why preventing—or at least mitigating—water pollution is so important,” John explained in summarizing his presentation, which was part of the "Public-Private Dialogue on Water". “Engaging, high-quality water education promotes this understanding and empowers people to take individual and collective action to protect water.”

Sponsored by the government of Japan, John spoke to approximately 150 delegates and guests at the September 2nd meeting. In addition to sharing how water education can impact water quality, he also addressed real-world case studies of Project WET’s educational materials in action with corporate partners including Nestlé Waters, Ecolab and Levi Strauss & Co.

Screen and name sign at the APEC 15 meeting in Cebu City, the PhilippinesScreen and name sign at the APEC 15 meeting in Cebu City, the Philippines “Project WET’s corporate partners have all put their own unique spin on using employee and community engagement to improve water literacy and promote action that conserves and protects water resources,” John noted. “Their support makes it possible for Project WET to engage new audiences and reach new people in different places.”

Cebu City may prove to be one of those new markets. The municipal government of the city has expressed interest in adopting the Project WET program to increase water awareness.

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