Whenever I watch something like Doomsday Preppers or Dual Survivor, where much thought and consideration goes in to procuring fresh potable water, I think, “Man, I should really drink more water.” But it inevitably turns out Just. Like. This.
It grieves me that I don’t make this a priority, especially since I recently found out what about a 700+ million people go through to have water to drink (and that’s not necessarily POTABLE water at that).
Did you know that women around the world spend 200 MILLION HOURS A DAY collecting water. WHAT!? I have it readily available within 10-15 FEET of any spot in my house. And even outside of my house when you consider the hose pipe or irrigation system.
Want another eye-opening statistic? Check this out:
Doesn’t that make you want to run to the fridge and get a big, cold, glass of clean, clear water? Maybe not, but aren’t you so thankful that you have the option? Want to help others gain that option (well maybe not out of a fridge, but at least have access to clean water)? Take a moment to check out WaterAid, the leading charity for clean, safe water and sanitation in the world’s poorest countries.
Who needs more socks? Donating to a charity is on many people’s wish list so make someone’s day and choose a lifesaving gift from WaterAid which enables poor people in developing countries to gain access to clean, safe water and sanitation. Of every dollar spent by WaterAid America in 2011/12, 81 cents went to program activities. I love seeing that kind of info when I’m giving money so I can be sure that the majority is making it’s way to the people who need it most. They also have a great “Learn Zone” for you and your kids to learn more about the water and sanitation crisis.
If you can’t support this organization now, I want to offer some other ideas since water is a reusable resource, but a finite one.
- Toilet flushes can add up to nearly 20 gallons a day down the toilet. If you still have a standard toilet, which uses close to 3.5 gallons a flush, you can save by retrofitting or filling your tank with something that will displace some of that water, such as a brick. You can also abide by the rule “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.”
- Take showers instead of baths. Most people use up to 40 gallons of water to fill a tub.
- Turn off the water when you brush your teeth.
- Obey local water restrictions, if in place. They have them for a reason!
- Buy energy star/efficient appliances when you have to replace old ones. Technology has come a long way and most front loader washing machines use at least 1/3 less water. If you can’t afford that, make sure your machine settings are set to the proper levels for load size.
Can you think of anything else to add? Feel free to share in comments if you can. I’m relatively new to thinking about these things.
I wrote this post as part of The Global Team of 200, a highly specialized group of members of Mom Bloggers for Social Good that concentrates on issues involving women and girls, children, world hunger and maternal health.
Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.