I want to raise awareness of the SIMPLE NEED for clean water. Every day we take this resource for granted. We let the water warm up in the shower, we flush the toilet excessively, we water our lawns so that we can mow them down again, we fill our pools, hot tubs, etc. all because we have the means and because the resource is readily available to us. What I'm asking my friends, family, and complete strangers to do is to reflect on their own lives and habits. I want you to look deep to decide what kind of lifestyle you live now and more importantly the kind of lifestyle you would want to live if you knew that it could change hundreds if not thousands of lives. Obviously the physical water you use cannot be magically transported to people in need, but there is something that can; money.
Here's the plan. Take a look at all the ways that you use water in your household and determine if there are ways that you can cut back.
Here's a tip for your lawn: If you own a lawn that you like to keep green during the summer change your watering schedule to half your normal watering days. Or, for bonus points, don't water your lawn at all. The money you save doing this will be very noticeable. Track those dollars saved. You're going to want to know it later.
Here's a tip for your garden: Do you have a roof on your house? Does it have a gutter? Do you collect your roof runoff water? While you'll need a filter if you plan to use the roof runoff for watering edible plants it works great without for all the flowers and other flora around. That is water you would have lost to the stormwater drains (bonus: many cities will deduct money from your stormwater bill if you have them come look at the system you set up). Remember how much you've saved here (water you would have used from a spigot for watering the yard, and cost of city not collecting your stormwater excess!).
Tips for the home: So many! Check out this site to learn about all of them, plus more garden tips.
Remember to calculate how much you're saving on water after making as many changes as possible. The number will be huge. There's a definite sense of satisfaction in knowing that you're being resourceful, saving money, and eventually saving people's lives. The second best part about all of this is that you don't have to spend any more next month on bills than you would have this month. In fact, this is a non-profit organization that is TAX-DEDUCTIBLE, so you can get some of that money back!
Also remember, these don't have to be painful changes. Think more about what you can do, and not about how many radical changes you can make in your life. This isn't about raising stress, it's about raising awareness. Make the changes, feel GREAT about them, and make them lifelong.
Don't forget the most important part, though. Do you remember all that money you saved by conserving water and reducing your bills? That money needs to go to work. Why not make it work through The Water Project?
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