There are over 5,200 bloggers blogging about clean water today and Live Lighter is proud to be one of them! In this post you’ll find out some of the issues surrounding the clean water crisis and a few ideas on how you can help solve them.
Did you know…
- Unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Unclean drinking water can incubate some pretty scary diseases, like E. coli, salmonella, cholera and hepatitis A. Given that bouquet of bacteria, it’s no surprise that water, or rather lack thereof, causes 42,000 deaths each week.
- Every day, women and children in Africa walk a combined total of 109 million hours to get water. They do this while carrying cisterns weighing around 40 pounds when filled in order to gather water that, in many cases, is still polluted. Aside from putting a great deal of strain on their bodies, walking such long distances keeps children out of school and women away from other endeavors that can help improve the quality of life in their communities.
- It takes 6.3 gallons of water to produce just one hamburger. That 6.3 gallons covers everything from watering the wheat for the bun and providing water for the cow to cooking the patty and baking the bun. And that’s just one meal! It would take over 184 billion gallons of water to make just one hamburger for every person in the United States.
- The average American uses 159 gallons of water every day – more than 15 times the average person in the developing world. From showering and washing our hands to watering our lawns and washing our cars, Americans use a lot of water. To put things into perspective, the average five-minute shower will use about 10 gallons of water. Now imagine using that same amount to bathe, wash your clothes, cook your meals and quench your thirst.
Those are some pretty scares stats provided by Change.org, the organization that powers Blog Action Day. The big picture here: developing countries are hurting for clean water while industrialized countries are wasting it.
We leave a footprint with our food, technology, clothes and, one of the biggest offenders, bottled water, which uses oil and water to produce the plastic bottles. And as we found out in “The Best H2O,” there’s a good chance it’s not the cleanest or healthiest water available.
How you can help improve the water crisis
Many people believe their actions don’t count – so they do nothing at all. But if everyone would just do something, whatever they can do according to their current circumstances, then every individual action will count.
So here are a few ways we can make a difference on an individual level (contributed by Change.org):
- Help Build Wells: Organizations like Water.org and charity: water are leading the charge in bringing fresh water to communities in the developing world. Donating a few dollars would greatly help balance the global scales on who gets clean water.
- Technology for Good: Do you want to measure how much water it took to make your favorite foods? This app calculates the water footprint for products.
- Home Conservation: The average person uses 465 liters of water per day. Find out how much you use with this water footprint calculator.
- Get off the Bottle: Communities around the world are taking steps to reduce water bottle waste by eliminating bottled water.
On a governmental level, I’d like to see more research into identifying the cleanest, healthiest water. We’ve been researching the healthiest water lately here on Live Lighter and found that many believe structured water is it (mainly because of it’s alkalinity).
Can you think of other ways we can make a difference and help share the world’s clean water?