20 October 2010

The Water Project-- Everyone Deserves Clean Water

I have done some more research on establishing clean water wells in Africa and India. Clean water is essential for many communities to thrive and live healthy. It is also a human right to have access to clean water. A great organization called The Water Project works exclusively with communities who need water the most. They spend a lot of their time building wells for schools and churches. They have built many wells in Kenya, Sudan, India and Sierra Leone. Their website http://www.thewaterproject.org/ has many useful resources about water scarcity and ways that you and I can help.
A major thing that interested me is the fact that this organization highlights the negative things about bottled water. Here is an except from their site:
Fact #1. Bottles used to package water take over 1,000 years to bio-degrade and if incinerated, they produce toxic fumes. It is estimated that over 80% of all single-use water bottles used in the U.S. simply become "litter." Source: ValleyWater.org

Fact #2. Recycling is only feasible in limited circumstances because only PET bottles can be recycled. All other bottles are discarded. Only 1 out of 5 bottles are sent to the recycle bin. Source: SunTimes

Fact #3. U.S. landfills are overflowing with 2 million tons of discarded water bottles alone. Source: idswater.org

Fact #4. It takes over 1.5 million barrels of oil to meet the demand of U.S. water bottle manufacturing. This amount of oil far exceeds the amount needed to power 100,000 for a year, which does not include fossil fuel and emissions costs of green house gases needed to transport the final product to market. Source: SunTimes

Fact #5. It is estimated that actually 3 liters of water is used to package 1 liter of bottled water. Source: ValleyWater.org

I personally did not know any of these things before I went to this site. I knew that drinking bottled water was wasteful but I didn't think it was THIS wasteful.
Anyway, this information is not exactly what I wanted to write about, but it is something for you and I to think about for sure.
You may be thinking, okay, why is Kimra writing about water. This is why: I read this statistic on the Water Project website, it is as follows:  "A child dies every 15 seconds from a lack of clean water."
WTF? That is A LOT of children! This should NOT be happening. Seriously. It is a human right to have clean water. This is 2010, why do people still not have access to clean water? The answer to this is that it costs money to build wells. Sometimes up to $30,000 for one well. Most the people who do not have access to clean water do not have governments that have money to build wells.

Peace, Love, Wealth
Kimra Diggs

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