Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Day Without Water

This blog was written by Laurie Bunnel on

A family we've known for years is what most people would consider "well off." Their lives keep them on the run and sometimes chaos ensues. The other day their teenage daughter was ready to jump in the shower and there was no water. After trying to figure out what was going on, they realized that the water bill was lost- MIA- Shoved in a pile somewhere and never paid.

Hence, a day without water.

I started thinking, maybe we all need a day without water? Like I need one more thing to do, but it seems like it has potential - if not for a great movement, at least a cool url like:

Yesterday Arok from Sudan told our Peace Seekers community about how the girls and women in his village walk 45 minutes for water. This is not like the stories our parents told us about walking sixty miles to school in the snow uphill both ways. These are real girls in a real place walking really far for really dirty water.

Its not just Arok's village. One in eight people in the world don't have access to clean drinking water. Now that our planet has 7 billion people, that is A LOT of people with no H2O. Yet for those of us that get water out of the shower when we turn it on, we don't even think about it. I spent a month being frustrated that our ice machine didn't work and I'd miss my dish washer even for a day.

Do you know how to turn off the water at your house? What would happen if we turned off the water for just one day? I know we would stink and yes certain rooms in our house would stink even more, the dishes would pile up, but really? Maybe it would make us all think. Maybe we'd be more thankful and more careful. Perhaps we'd waste less and be even more generous. Once inspired, maybe our kids will design and invent new ways of providing and cleaning water.

Now where did that water bill go?

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