Our WaterEmpowerment office in Timonium (which also serves as my home) had no water access for two days this week due to a water main break. Oh boy! If you’ve ever been a home without running water you’ll understand how those two days went. You really don’t appreciate the value of a drop of water until you carry your own rations of water.
I’ve lived in a country with water shortages, but I was one of the lucky ones because we had a borehole as well as huge containers that we kept full of water—just in case. I had visited relatives that didn’t have that luxury and we had to carry home buckets of water.
The hard part is not knowing how much water you’re going to need per day. How much for flushing the toilet? What about bathing? Dishes? Cooking?
For all my complaints, my issues are nothing compared to the billions of people that have to deal with this issue worldwide. It’s not just an annoyance. It’s a daily occurrence. They struggle to find safe water every day. Here some facts from the UN.org & Water.org:
- 1.8 billion people around the world lack access to safe water.
- Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease.
- The amount of safe water could drop by 40 percent in 15 years if people do not change the way they use water
- Globally, a third of all schools lack access to safe water and adequate sanitation
- More than 840,000 people die from a water-related disease each year, including diarrhea caused by bad drinking water, hygiene and sanitation