Resources and Links

Project report

Get WET: Stories from the project PDF [link to be added]


Papplewick Pumping Station


On Facebook 


Organisations and Projects

Foundation for Water Research

Water Footprint - an introduction

Water Literacy
Page from The Alliance for Water Education.

Subak - Paddy Bali
An environmental arts project with children about the subak traditional irrigation system

Rethinking Schools Online project: Measuring Water with Justice (requires signup)
Investigating the effect of oil on wildlife.

Groundwater UK

British Geological Survey
Page on Groundwater Science


Governmental agencies

The Water Cycle
UK Met Office

UK Flood Map: Risk of Flooding from Rivers and Sea
UK Environment Agency

UN International Decade for Action: Water for Life 2005-2015
The primary goal of the ‘Water for Life’ Decade is to promote efforts to fulfill international commitments made on water and water-related issues by 2015 – a decade of action. Commitments include the Millennium Development targets to reduce by half the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015.

Water: A Shared Responsibility. The United Nations World Water Report, 2006.
Download report as large PDF.

WHO publications on water sanitation and health
From the World Health Organization

Water Conservation publications
from the UK Environment Agency

Climate Change and Water [large PDFs]


Magazine articles

National Geographic: Freshwater
Collection of articles on freshwater issues. Includes resources such as Water Footprint Calculator and a Water Use Game.

Water: A Special Issue.
National Geographic.

'Unprecedented Rapidity of CO2' Causing Worst Ocean Acidification in 300 Million Years, Monday, March 5, 2012

Water Solutions: A Q&A with Matt Damon and Gary White,
Stanford Medical Magazine

Report: Fracking Could Cause a New Global Water Crisis, Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Peak Water

Thames Water Desalination Plant, London, United Kingdom
Page from

Articles from On The Commons magazine:


Mass media news articles

Water bills rise by average of 5.7%
The Guardian, Tuesday 31 January 2012.

Is protecting the environment incompatible with social justice? by George Monbiot.
George Mobiot's Guardian blog, 13 February 2012.

Water map shows billions at risk of 'water insecurity'
BBC News, Science & Environment, 29 September 2010.

Tycoon nabbed for water piracy, December 13, 2010

UK gets water shortage warning
Mail Online.

Drought spreads across England as soil moisture in Anglia reaches record low
The Telegraph, 24 February 2012.

Mild drought caused Maya collapse in Mexico, Guatemala
BBC News online, 23 February 2012


Local history (Nottingham)

Water Supplies and Sewerage
Pages from the University of Nottingham's Manuscripts and Special Collections. Associated School Resources

The Story of the Nottingham Canal
Lenton Times, May 1989

River Leen - Lenton
The Lenton Listener, March-April 1988.


Posters and visual resources

Fresh Water For All
UNESCO poster

The Water That Flows
Posters from including pictures of the water cycle

Urban Water Cycle
Posters from Coast Cartoon Studio

Urban vs Natural Water Cycle
Diagrams at Blue Planet

The Water Cycle: Surface Runoff
Posters from US Geological Survey

Comic strips on the topic of water
by Judy Horacek

Plink Plink! Celebrate World Water Day with Vintage Children’s Illustrations circa 1954
by Maria Popova

Virtual Water app

The Water Footprint: Every drop counts!
Water footprint calculator


Online videos

The Story of Bottled Water: How "Manufactured Demand" Pushes What We Don't Need and Destroys What We Need Most
Online video resource from The Story of Stuff Project

Think Tap
Online video resource from

Water - Liquid Awesome: Crash Course Biology #2
Online video resource

The Urban Water Cycle
Online video resource from National Geographic



David L. Feldman. Polity, 2012.

H2O: A Biography of Water
Phillip Ball. Phoenix, 200.

Virtual Water: Tackling the Threat to Our Planet's Most Precious Resource
Tony Allan. IB Tauris, 2011.

Water For People, Water For Life: The United Nations World Water Development Report
UNESCO, 2003.

Literacies in Place: Teaching Environmental Communications
Barbara Comber, Helen Nixon & Jo-Anne Reid (Eds.). Primary Englaish Teaching Association Australia, 2007.

Troubled Water: Saints, Sinners, Truth and Lies About the Global Water Crisis
Anita Roddick with Brooke Shelby Biggs. Anita Roddick Books, 2004.

Blue Gold: The Battle Against Corporate Theft of World's Water
Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke. Random House, 2010.

Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water
Maude Barlow. Black Incorporated, 2007.

Every Drop for Sale
Jeffrey Rothfeder. Penguin Group, 19 Aug 2004.

The Water Manifesto: Arguments for a World Water Contract
Riccardo Petrella. Zed Books, 2001.

Inside the Bottle: An Exposé of the Bottled Water Industry
Tony Clarke. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2007.

Water: Towards a Culture of Responsibility
Antoine Frérot. UPNE, 2011.

Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit
Vandana Shiva. South End Press, 2002.



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