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Where does your drinking water come from?

Written By: Bekkah (Bek) Marshall

The article title when answered reveals a lot about a person’s place and position in the world.

Take a moment and think about it, what’s your answer? What does your answer highlight about your access to clean drinking water?


Daily Water a poetic piece by Bek, Eco & Water Solutions Strategist and Poet

Around parts of the world, if this question was asked to a girl or woman she would raise her hand and point to the direction of a river, lake, pond or stream. Many girls and women shoulder the weight of fetching daily water alone or in groups of other girls and/or women. These daily treks exposes them to potential assaults and animal attacks. All these obstacles faced to successfully collect water teeming with parasites, viruses, bacteria and any other contaminants invisible to the eyes. This water story cycles daily and beacons to be written with different less life threatening possibilities.

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On International Womens Day and each and every day. Clean water access for many girls and women resonates as a human right. Unfortunately many girls and women must daily confront a status of not having enough privilege to drink clean water with ease.


Water Story Share

An invitate to Women Mentors to Teen Girls, Women Scholars, Women Professionals & Empowered Collaborators. Share you water stories with each other. Take action to improve the water story of someone or a community today! 💧

What role will you play in the water stories that beacon for exposure, new developments and outcomes?


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Bekkah Marshall (Bek), Eco & Water Solutions Strategist serves as a consultant and speaker on the topics of Women and Water Issues, Strategizing Water Solutions for Africa & the African Diaspora and Community Empowerment in Addressing & Creating Sustainable Eco connected Water Solutions.

Bekkah has over a decade of experience as a Certified Environmental Health Professional and Environmental Regulatory Official- Drinking Water & Domestic Wastewater. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science – Water Quality & Treatment Specialization from the University of South Florida.


The Toll


In my work, it’s noted that throughout Africa & the African Diaspora, a common truth that rises to the surface is Black communities & environmental degradation & a lack of clean water access intersects time & time again, no matter the geographical location.

Let’s trek through the toll of environmental degradation, a lack of clean water access – with a focus on Uniontown, Alabama

Listen to “toll” on the Trek With Bek Project podcast.

https://anchor.fm/trekwithbek/episodes/A-Colored-Environment-e8l66a



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If you were a resident of Uniontown how would you strategize sustainable solutions?


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Let’s trek back to your community.

Do you know where your drinking water is sourced from?

What local and state departments and agencies regulate and treat domestic wastewater for your region?

What days and times are local and county environmental and water related meetings held?


The Trek With Bek Project champions the concept of starting where you are. The more you learn about your local environmental & water related matters, the better you can empower communities up close and at a distance.


The look at Uniontown, Alabama will be an ongoing discussion with perspectives presented by the Trek With Bek Project.


Let’s trek for a better Planet!

COVID19 AND THE WATER

During this pandemic there is a lot of information floating around leaving you submerged between the shores of conspiracies and the CDC ( Center for Disease Control). More than ever-easy to understand facts, compassion and empowerment are needed throughout the globe. This is a human crisis that has caused disruption and requiring everyone to shift towards a new normal. Therefore, today, I will bundled up – compassion, and empowering energy and present to the current information of COVID 19 in the water.

On April 8, 2020, I am drinking more tea and less coffee. I am attempting to be more in tune to my inner productive peaceful self instead of my chaotic multitasker side -that saga continues. Nevertheless, I am in staring at my phone’s screen awaiting the COVID19: A Water’s Professional Perspective -International Water Association to start. My smartphone screen looked like this ⬇️

We all were logging in from all around the globe as water professionals and interested citizens. As a consultant and former regulatory official of public water systems I was taking many notes to share with my global clients and the concerned public connected with Africa & the African Diaspora.

🚨Caution this content may not be best consumed while eating your snacks or random meal 🚨

Here are my notes 🖊:

VIRUS AND DISEASE 🦠

  • Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses
  • SARS-CoV-2 is the name of the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease. (Center for Disease Control, Mayo Clinic)

DRINKING WATER 🥤💧

  • Current drinking water treatment methods by cities and bottled water companies are being monitored and tested; currently no evidence of the virus has been found
  • A large percentage of drinking water is sourced from groundwater; therefore risks are very low
  • In the United States of America, the bottled water industry is regulated by the Food & Drug Administration and no evidence of the virus has been found to date
  • Drinking water sourced from surface water must be monitored and tested and risk factors reduced
  • The greater risk of surface water as drinking water are in developing countries where poorly built latrines & open defecation can lead to contamination of surface water
  • Rural poor communities in developing countries are at a greater risk to potential virus exposure due to using surface water as a potable water source; in these instances WASH (sanitation) standards are needed; separation of wastewater & drinking water is key. (World Health Organization)

WASTEWATER 🚱

  • Managing and treating wastewater is of higher concern for most nations and is the focus for researchers, governments and water professionals
  • To date, viable virus has not been detected in wastewater from infected persons’ waste
  • Occupational hazards for wastewater treatment plant workers is a priority, wearing PPE (personal protection equipment) is recommended; concern is untreated wastewater being an aerosol during treatment and inhalation occurring or contaminated surfaces and improper handwashing

COMMUNITY ACTION STEPS

  • Understand where your potable water is sourced & its quality by checking out the most current Consumer Confidence Report, an annual water quality report
  • Establish effective communication with your local regulatory agency
  • Stay informed and collaborate for a better community


Connect With Bek
BMPowered Consulting & Services
Trek With Bek Project

Bekkah Marshall (Bek), Eco & Water Solutions Strategist serves as a consultant and speaker on the topics of Women and Water Issues, Strategizing Water Solutions for Africa & the African Diaspora and Community Empowerment in Addressing & Creating Sustainable Eco connected Water Solutions.

Bekkah has over a decade of experience as a Certified Environmental Health Professional and Environmental Regulatory Official- Drinking Water & Domestic Wastewater. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science – Water Quality & Treatment Specialization from the University of South Florida.

USF Water Research Opportunity in Kumasi, Ghana

WASH RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY – University of South Florida Scholars travel abroad to Kumasi, Ghana

To: Undergrad & Grad Scholars
**Research Applications are usually due Feb 1st for Late Spring & Summer Opportunities

The University of South Florida has a water research opportunity in connection with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology.

Here is the information to apply & for further information:
https://www.usf.edu/nsf-ires/

If you are not a University of South Florida Scholar please search science & engineering research opportunities at your university & connect with your academic advisor as soon as possible.

FREE TRAINING FOR UNDERGRAD SCHOLARS

Want to be better prepared to apply to research opportunities? Register for a free 30 minute mini-course taught by Bek.

What you will learn?

  • The team & community dynamics attached to research opportunities
  • The art of marketing your genius & experiences
  • How to maximize the research application process

-Bek, USF Alumna – Environmental Science focus Water Quality & Treatment

Sustainable Farming & Development in Ghana with Ahmahtsiyahu Yisrael


Let’s trek to Ghana. Envision a variety of crops tended to by Ghanaian youth in ag-training, solar powered energy dwellings with water efficient usage and eco driven community engagement outlining a purpose of collective sustainability efforts. This is just the beginning stages of an eco village planned for repatriates which will further include renewable energy powered structures, eco designed dwellings, eco businesses and a interactive classroom, which loops into playing a role in hands on sustainable farming and development. Ahmahtsiyahu Yisrael gives a brief trek of this eco good he is leading in Ghana with a team.

We’re really striving to help expand the holistic organic foods industry here in Ghana and to educate the generations.

Ahmahtsiyahu Yisrael


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Sustainable farming and development requires strategic use of resources including water usage & storage. Check out photos & videos of the progress of the well water system and a clip of the hand dug well method.

Credit Source: African Edenic Resettlement & Adamah Veh Zerah
Hand Dug Well Method
Video Credit: bragse.com

The Trek With Bek Project highlights sustainability efforts in Africa and the African Diaspora especially water sustainability & water quality & treatment while acknowledging Sustainable Development Goal 6 Clean Water & Sanitation.


The Trek With Bek Project is an ongoing for profit project that empowers, equips & connects Eco Savvy Black Women Strategists in environmentally focused studies & professions with training, networks & opportunities to collaborate for water solutions in Africa & the African Diaspora.

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Amazon Burning: On the brink of extinction or evolution

DISCLAIMER: THIS BLOG POST IS NOT FOR QUICK CONSUMPTION

Bekkah Marshall is an Eco & Water Solutions Strategist. She has over a decade of professional experience in environmental protection & regulations.
www.bmpowered.solutions
“The Amazon Rainforest is constantly burning in part as a solution to an economic issue. Polarized perspectives will ignite more flames of destruction as global consensus is needed for sustainable economic innovation.”-Bekkah Marshall, Eco Strategist (August 23 ,2019).

(image,2015). A quick reminder to check your data. I chose this data from 2015 to prove a point. I could have labeled it 2019 & I may have gotten away with it. Data manipulation is a real thing. Data manipulation happens when data is used to support a viewpoint or discredit an opposing viewpoint, with data being misrepresented knowingly.
Don’t be a data manipulator!
Here’s where Amazonia data sets can be sourced
Info Amazonia