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Blog Action Day 2010 – Water

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This year, Change.org is asking bloggers to write about water for Blog Action Day 2010.  Water is so precious…and here is a question for all of us to consider.

Why can we go up to drinking fountains and get \”free\” water? 

It isn’t free.  It costs money to purify it…someone has to maintain the pipes and the appropriate flow of water…maintenance teams are needed…and cleaning services must ensure the sanitation of the fountain.
 
I wouldn’t be surprised if soon in the future, drinking fountains are coin-operated.  Fifty cents for a glass of water. Or maybe we won’t have water fountains in the future.  Perhaps it doesn’t make sense—and people might be forced to buy bottled water, because it is a cherished, expensive and rare commodity. In many emerging nations, children are dying due to lack of clean water.  Why shouldn’t we pay for it?
 
As a “developed” nation, it certainly doesn’t seem that \”advanced\” for us to be getting water for \”free.\” 
 
To value water, we may need to rethink some of our routines and habits.  This might sound crazy to some, but I am trying not to “throw water out.”  In our kitchen at home, we have a hot pot which heats up our water.  If it’s half full in the morning, I\’ve often dumped it out, and refilled the whole container.  And yet, I’m throwing away precious water.  How many countries across the world—how many millions of children—would die for those two cups of clean water?  How many are?
 
I’ll answer it for you—two million people are dying annually due to lack of clean water. 
 
Most are children.
 
So here\’s what we can do.  We can drink it.  Or we can water our plants.  Or we can use it to scrub down the basin, clean the bathtub, scour the shower, or dampen a cloth when we’re wiping down the kitchen table.  Let’s not waste something that sustains other people’s lives…and our lives.

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If you are interested in supporting water projects on UniversalGiving, here are the people who need clean water.  Thank you for helping us value water, both in your daily life and in your daily giving!

Give $100 to send five families water filtration systems
 
Give $25 to supply a lifetime of clean water for one person
 
Give $100 to deliver clean water to 15,000 people in Haiti
 
Give $24 to buy two faucets for a village water point