Who doesn’t love fresh, clean water? It’s refreshing to drink. So snuggly to soak in. Necessary for a healthy diet. The list goes on. But what if we didn’t have any fresh, clean water? How would that go over in middle-class America?
About two years ago, the water pressure at the Funny Little House started to wane. At first, it was just a bit lighter in the shower. Then we started having to wait five to ten minutes before there was any hot water for a shower. When stage three arrived you didn’t dare flush the toilet if someone was in the shower. And finally, after months, there really wasn’t enough water to rinse my hair thoroughly.
The guys who fix wells came, and the plumbers came and after 2 days without any water… we had a beautiful, powerful shower! And we could use the sink or another shower or even the washing machine at the same time without incident! Amazing!
Did you know that there are 663 million people living on this planet without access to clean water?
After those couple of days without water, we learned that although part of the problem had been fixed, we still did not have any cold water to the hall bathroom or the kitchen! Panic mode set in until I realized that the dishwasher only needed the hot water to function. Crisis averted!
Seriously, crisis averted?
This entire event really got me thinking. Do I truly believe it is a CRISIS that my dishwasher is out of commission for a few more days?
“First world problems.” We say this sort of tongue in cheek, but seriously? What do I have to complain about? Even without my cold water – I still have hot water. I still have running water, for that matter.
The truth is we take water for granted.
Today in the United States, we have tap water and bottled water at our fingertips all day every day. We don’t worry about our water being dirty, diseased or infectious.
Amazingly, as recently as the early 1900’s, major developing cities such as Paris, London and New York were riddled with disease and deaths due to sanitation issues and lack of clean water. We are not talking centuries ago, only decades or a few generations ago people were still dying in developed countries due to water.
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According to water.org, “The world doesn’t stand a chance without water.”
“It spreads disease. Compromises safety. Makes education elusive and economic opportunity farther out of reach. The lack of access to safe water is deadly, dangerous, and a major obstacle to the people of developing nations becoming economically empowered. It is what is standing between billions of people and their health, safety, and the opportunity to unlock their true potential.”
The statistics are mind-blowing! Check them out.
How small do I feel now, complaining about 2 days without my dishwasher?
The thing is there are all kinds of things we can do to help. The technology is available, we just need to share it with the world and teach people what we now know about the importance of clean water.Check out @thewaterproject to learn more about how you can help the world's water problem! Click To Tweet
I found this great organization called The Water Project. What I love about it is that this is not another “throw money at the problem” type of organization.
“The Water Project invests in local solutions to the local water crisis in sub-Saharan Africa.
Providing access to clean, safe water helps capable and determined people realize the hope they have for their own futures.
The Water Project works closely with local in-country teams and partners to develop clean water programs alongside these heroes. We carefully select implementing partners who have long-term relationships and commitments to the people they serve.
We’re passionate about unlocking potential. After all, water doesn’t change anything; the people we serve do.”
I love this. People helping people. Sharing our knowledge and expertise with others who need it. Helping people help themselves. That’s what it’s all about, right?
On their website, The Water Project also has a map of all the communities that they have worked with and details of each project. It is so interesting to see the success of each community; the project that was needed to solve their specific water issue, the size of the village or town, the people who donated to make it happen, how much it cost, etc.
There are so many communities that have been affected by The Water Project. People’s lives have been changed by…
Yes, it was troublesome being without water for a couple of days.
Yes, I was inconvenienced.
And yet, I have learned that it’s OK to wash dishes and clothing by hand. That a cold blast of water in the middle of my shower is not the worst thing in the world. That a hot blast of water in the middle of my shower is not as deadly as my shout might convey. And that it is wonderful to get a cool drink of water when I’m thirsty. It is convenient to have water available for cooking dinner and keeping the kitchen clean.
With clean water so easily accessible for me, the real question is, “What am I willing to do to help those around the world access fresh, clean water more easily?”
What are you willing to do?