One thing I really like about Facebook is that you find out about stuff. This morning, my dear friend Michele posted an update that read “happy world water day!”. Intriguing.
I saw a similar update from WHY (World Hunger Year) indicating that “900 million people worldwide don’t have a safe water supply.”
This is something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. In fact, I had a conversation with a colleague just last week where we came to the conclusion that the smart thing to do right now would be to purchase property that has a great water source. Water is going to become expensive as we start to run out.
However, right now, there is still clean water available, but people don’t have the means to access it. Wells need to be dug, river water pumped, and rainwater harvested.
There are plenty of organizations out there doing something about it. You can help by making a donation, volunteering, or spreading the word about the water crisis.
Here are a few clean water organizations I’ve found (please do your own research before you decide to make a donation):
Of course, you can also help the general problem of a diminishing water supply by conserving water every day:
- Don’t run the water while you brush your teeth
- Do laundry less frequently
- Only run your dishwasher when it’s full
- Take shorter showers and/or turn off water while lathering
- Don’t water your lawn
- For the overachievers: save rainwater for use in your garden
I know there is disagreement about access to clean water being a basic human right. I think this is mostly due to selfishness. Seems like a no-brainer to me… Safe water is definitely on the list of things of which everybody should have enough.