World Water Day: A Challenge! 8 Miles for Water, Use Every Drop Like You Hauled It From the Well Yourself


Focus on Waste Water

Look familiar? How many times a day do you think you open up the tap and just let it run; to warm up the water, while you brush your teeth, rinse a dish, or clear the sink?

Don’t worry, your in good company.

On average an American household runs through:

400 gallons of water per day,

Here’s how it breaks down,

Over a gallon to flush a toilet,

2.5 gallons per minute for your morning shower,

Most bathroom faucets run at 2 gallons a minute as well, 3 minutes brushing your teeth with the water running, 6 gallons,

Here is the challenge:

At least 800 million people on the planet are walking miles every day to haul water from the nearest source (contaminated or clean.)

Then they carry the full, heavy, containers back ( How far can you carry 70 pounds, 8 3/4 gallons.)

For 1 whole day,

Go to your basement utility sink, or outside hose and

Fill a large pail or camping size water jug

Carry it to your kitchen and use it 

for hand washing dishes (no dishwasher)

taking a sponge bath

take a glass out for every glass of water you drink or cook with (don’t worry, I don’t expect you to drink out of the pail for this, not meant to make you sick)

for everything you use water for take that amount from the pail (except flushing the toilet)

when the pail is empty go to your water source and carry another pail back.

It’s an exercise, you know for you this is not your life and never will be.

But, hopefully you will take away a new appreciation for your water,

and use every drop like you hauled it from the well yourself.



About Frances Wiedenhoeft

After a lifetime in nursing, anesthesia and the Army I now write, blog, attend school for journalism and massage, and watch my 3 grandchildren. I am a veteran of Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan and try to serve other vets such as myself, and to work for peace.
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