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How many steps do you take to get clean water?

It is an unfortunate human trait that after a while, we become so totally accustomed to something which initially shocked us that we are totally desensitized to it.

The water crisis is a problem we've heard about so much through the media. Are we telling ourselves we know so much about water that we are forgetting about how big this issue really is? What we need is shock tactics. Here are some that I've discovered while researching for this mission*.

Lack of clean water claims more lives than any war claims with guns.

2.6 BILLION people lack access to basic sanitation.

84% of water-related deaths are of children under 14 years old.

One that particularly struck a chord with me was,

At the Sinai school in Tanzania, children walk over 8000 steps to and from the nearest well.

How many steps do YOU have to take to get clean water? Go and count them, right now.

Imagine being a 14 year old child again. Imagine being in Tanzania. Imagine taking 8000 steps in the burning hot weather of East Africa, half of this carrying a cheap plastic barrel on your head. Imagine how you would feel if, for some reason, you dropped your barrel on the way home. In the heat, the ground would soak up half the water before you even had a chance to pick up the barrel. Trace your steps back to the well.

Back to reality. So, how many steps did you take? For me, it was 0 - I have a glass sitting on the table next to me.

We really take so much for granted.

*Research for the Bethlehem Public Library Teen Film Fest

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Comment by Alex Stovell on April 11, 2010 at 7:56pm
It was the third one which struck a chord with me - 84% of water related deaths are of children under the age of 14. That's huge - and it potentially shows that focussing on clean water for children could have a huge positive benefit. Then again, maybe everyone prone to water-bourne disease may have already died by 14, so the majority of adults are more resilient? Either way, any thoughts on what we may be able to do?
Comment by Riko Kamachi on April 11, 2010 at 8:23pm
It's an issue I'm still struggling with! :) I can see ways to save water in the developed world but, aside from supporting the many projects seeking to build wells and improve sanitation, I can't think of what *I* could do about this.


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