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Arab Healthy Water Association

For future generations, one drop of water at a time...

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The Arab Healthy Water Association is a non-governmental, non-profit body,
legally registered at the Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) by decree No. 6086/2005, Cairo-Egypt.


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The mission of the Arab Healthy Water Association is to improve the quality of life among Arab people by sharing knowledge on water quality, health-related issues and water conservation and protection best practices among consumers, water professionals, and officials in concerned governmental and non-governmental organizations.



We find inspiration in the philosophy of GIBRAN KHALIL GIBRAN

"Learning is the only wealth tyrants cannot despoil. Only death can dim the lamp of knowledge that is within you. The true wealth of a nation lies not in its gold or silver but in its learning, wisdom, and in the uprightness of its sons and daughters."


The new, official publication
of the Arab Healthy Water Association, Water, Health & Environment will be published six times a year, with our inaugural issue scheduled to be released in January of 2006.
We invite you to read our brochure to learn the exciting details! image Water, Health & Environment (WHE)


The Arab homeland covers an area of 5.25 million square miles. With seventy-two percent of its territory in Africa and twenty-eight percent in Asia, While the region is dominated by dry climatic conditions, the existence of mountain ranges permits seasonal rainfall. Given the preponderance of arid conditions, reliable sources of water are immensely important; be they springs, from which oases are formed, or rivers. Foremost among the river valleys are the Nile and the Tigris-Euphrates.

The population of the Arab nation is a youthful one. Almost half of the population is under fifteen years of age. The Arab people, spread over a vast area, enjoy common bonds of history and tradition. Arabs consider themselves to be one nation.

UNEP Vacancies

Dear All:
UNEP is looking for all categories of staff, including directors, senior managers and environmental experts who have the expertise, skills and ambition required to join the global UNEP team of professionals committed to making a difference to the environment and for future generations. The advert will also be circulated to the Permanent Missions in Nairobi, New York, Geneva and Vienna as well as to many of our partners.
Many of the vacant positions have already been posted on the UNEP webpage as well as on Galaxy and the deadlines are approaching fast. Therefore, please visit the UNEP employment page and urgently share the adverts with your eligible colleagues in order to attract the best qualified applicants. We have been asked to disseminate the information to our networks and partners. Please check the information regarding UNEP posts on the following link, and see if you are interested. Also please disseminate it to those you think could be interested.
Thank you and best regards.
**************************************** Adel Farid Abdel-Kader, Ph.D.
Regional Coordinator
UNEP Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA)-West Asia
P.O. Box 10880
Bahrain, Manama
Tel. Direct: +973-17 812785
Tel. Main: +973-17 812777
Fax: +973-17 825110/111

AHWA member chosen as WHO's WHO Person of the Year in Science and Engineering, 2006/2007

We would like to announce that Prof. Dr. Eng. M. M. El-Gammal has been elected and chosen by the WHO'S WHO International Encyclopedia to be the Person of the Year 2006/2007.

He thanks all who contributed to give him this great honor.


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October 16, 2005 meeting with Dr. Nadia Obeaid, the president of CEDARE, to discuss the June Int'l Conference about Healthy Water in The Arab World. View meeting photos

View April 2007 photo.

Photos from AHWA Team - Dr. Radwan Al-Weshah. Received April 2008.

More photos from AHWA Team - Dr. Radwan Al-Weshah. Received November 2009.

News coverage about our 11th IHP meeting in Syria

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Message from the president of Water Sciences and Technology Association (WSTA), Bahrain

Dear Members of the Board and Executive Board:

I must say that AWHA is very lucky indeed to have such distinguished names in its board. All I could say here is CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL ... AND ALL THE BEST OF LUCK.. Hoping that under your guidance and with such immense experience of all of you, AHWA is really going to be one the leading associations in the Arab World, if not the World.

Wishing you and all other members of the Executive board all the best of luck.


Abdullatif Al-Mugrin
WSTA President

(This message was sent as result of the election of the president, vice president and board members in the meeting of the founders of AHWA in UNESCO office-Cairo on 10th of May 2004.)

Office of the Executive Director United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi, Kenya

I would like to thank you for your very kind invitation to join the Honorary Membership of the Arab Healthy Water Association. The Association's mission to promote a better understanding of this vitally important resource for the Region is a noble one, and I would be honoured to join its Membership, in my personal capacity.

I thank you again for this privilege, and look forward to our future collaboration.

Yours sincerely,

Klaus Topfer
Executive Director

Message from AHWA's Cultural Advisor, Jamal Fouad Rashed El-'Attar

As a token of respect to UN's venture-water for life, I thought our respectful AHWA members would like to read these notes at Water for Life which are really, equally refreshing! 2005-2015 is now announced international decade for action; in fact the decade started March 22nd, 2005, i.e., coincided with World's Water Day.

Also, submitted by Dr. Bakenaz A. Zeydan, see:


Link: UNESCO WATER PORTAL WEEKLY UPDATE No. 87: Water and Health, in celebration of World Health Day








Magnesium Deficiency

Hard water can be an important source of magnesium. Desert springs and wells are often rich in magnesium, but modern water treatment plants use Reverse Osmosis or other purification which removes magnesium from water.

Magnesium deficiency may be causing about 990,000 Arab deaths per annum, assuming Arab population is 300,000,000 and based on international projections*. This assumes that Arab diets, like Western diets, are trending toward more refined foods and purified water, lacking magnesium. Most Mg-deficiency deaths are a result of heart disease, but asthma, migraine, cramps, and many other illnesses can be caused by magnesium deficiency.

Adult males should get 420 mg of magnesium per day, but are actually averaging only 327 mg/day, according to an exhaustive literature review.

Worldwide, there are 79 brands of bottled water containing 110 mg/L magnesium or more.

Natural springs containing magnesium bicarbonate may be found in geologic "ultra-mafic" rock formations containing the rock called "serpentine."

There are three ways of putting magnesium into purified drinking water without impacting flavor:

(a) magnesium lactate
(b) magnesium chloride
(c) magnesium bicarbonate (tastes good, but costs a little more)

There may also be extra health benefits from the bicarbonate.

To see the medical journal articles supporting these statements, please see below.

The Arab Healthy Water Association petitions that your Health Agency recommend that all bottled water and soft drinks contain at least 100 mg/L magnesium. Such a recommendation would encourage bottlers to improve the healthfulness of their beverages, saving numerous lives.

* Calculations of American Deaths Caused by Magnesium Deficiency, As Projected from International Data, by Paul Mason  

The (US) Healthy Water Association, and the Arab Healthy Water Association jointly suggest that you switch to healthier bottled waters containing at least 100 mg/L magnesium, a Ca/Mg ratio of not more than 2:1, and low sodium content <10 mg/L. (See Rate Your Bottled Water) Some of the healthier waters available:

Noah's Spring Water from Modesto, CA-USA 7-Up, 209) 521-1777    Ca 3 mg/L    Mg 110 mg/L    Na 6 mg/L   
Apollinaris from Germany    Ca 89 mg/L    Mg 104 mg/L    Na 425 mg/L   
Badoit from France    Ca 200 mg/L    Mg 100 mg/L    Na 160 mg/L   
Gerolsteiner Sprudel    Ca 364 mg/L    Mg 113 mg/L    Na 128 mg/L   
Mendocino (California)    Ca 310 mg/L    Mg 130 mg/L    Na 240 mg/L   
Rosbacher    Ca 256 mg/L    Mg 128 mg/L    Na 40 mg/L   
St. Gero    Ca 407 mg/L    Mg 121 mg/L    Na 175 mg/L   
Vichy Novelle    Ca 70 mg/L    Mg 110 mg/L    Na 1 mg/L   
Vichy Original    Ca 100 mg/L    Mg 110 mg/L    Na 220 mg/L   
Vittel Hepar    Ca 575 mg/L    Mg 118 mg/L    Na 13 mg/L   

Adobe Springs has high magnesium content.

A short list of medical journal articles about magnesium in water:

A book about magnesium:

Some articles about magnesium:


Donald W. Short, vice president of Coca-Cola, announced that Coke is creating "The Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness" to help Coca-Cola identify new functional beverage ingredients and possible formulations that address a particular health or nutritional need worldwide. Location: Houston, Texas. [The most obvious and pressing need: Mg!]

Update: Diet Coke Plus was recently introduced. The label states that it has 10% of the daily value for Magnesium in 8 ounces of beverage, enough to make it a "good source" of magnesium. Coca Cola says that Diet Coke Plus has 167 ppm Mg, or 167 mg/L, a very impressive level. Thank you, Coke, for taking an important nutritional step forward!


Magnesium in Moscow Russian doctors appreciate benefits of natural remedies


Posted on Mon, May. 24, 2004
Make sure of magnesium
New York Times News Service

Experts who study this nutrient believe that insufficient magnesium may be a primary factor in the relationship between heart disease and cardiac risk factors such as high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, diabetes and stress.

Magnesium deficiency may even have played a role in the increase in heart attacks and strokes reported among menopausal participants in the Women's Health Initiative studies, according to Dr. Mildred S. Seelig of Decatur, Ga. Seelig explained that the women were undergoing hormone replacement therapy and that magnesium counters the possible blood clots caused by estrogen in such therapy.

Correcting nutrient shortfalls should always start with diet, especially in this case, when the best sources of the needed nutrient are foods that should be regularly consumed as part of a healthful diet. Among foods relatively rich in magnesium are whole-grain breads and cereals such as 100 percent bran, oats, Cheerios and Wheaties; legumes such as tofu, soybeans and lima beans; vegetables such as spinach, corn and broccoli; fruits such as dates, raisins and bananas; and nuts such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts and pecans.

Drinking water, too, can be a significant source of dietary magnesium, assuming that the water supply is "hard," that is, rich in minerals. Water supplies in much of the country are hard. But in the Southeast they are soft.



AHWA Magnesium Committee

The Magnesium Committee of the AHWA will lobby international organizations to review and endorse the Mg fortification of beverages.

Dr. Radwan Al-Weshah

Dr. Rashed M.Y. Al-Sa`ed

Dr. Ameera Al-Haddad

Mr. Bill Sardi

Mr. Vasant Soni

Mr. Paul Mason

Dr. Khaled Abu-Zeid

Prof. Elias Salameh

Dr. Gamal Abourjila

Prof. M.Ragai A. EL.Mostehy

Dr. Walid Shorbagy

Prof. Bachir Raissouni

Dr. Hani Daas

Dr. Mrs. Bakenaz A. Zeydan

Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldeen

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