Monthly Challenge: Making Water Accessible

Each month I will be administering a social challenge! This is an opportunity for you and me to take the first step in addressing these social issues at an individual level.  For the month of February: I Challenge YOU to decrease your daily water usage by at least 15-25%!

As a starting point, it will be important for you to complete a water audit of your own household (see post below). Throughout the month I will share with you my own progress as well as simple tips on how to decrease water usage!

So why this challenge? According to www.water.org “Today’s water crisis is not an issue of scarcity, but of access. More people in the world own cell phones than have access to a toilet. Every day, lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills thousands, leaving others with reduced quality of life.” The other part of water access is how water is used in the world. The image below gives a great visual of the areas of the world and how they utilize their water resources! Find out other facts about water here

Roughly 99.9% of US citizens have access to clean water with an average citizen using 175 gallons/day.  Water bills in the US vary depending on location, time of year, and how conservatively residents use their water.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), after a national poll, says that the average water bill for an American household is $40.00 per month.  By decreasing your water use by 25%, your bill could drop a total of $10.00 per month with an overall yearly savings of $120.00!

Water.org’s campaign for equal access to water asks for donations of $25.00 in order to provide a single person access to a clean water source.  Approximately 884 million people lack access to safe water supplies; approximately one in eight people. The average American household could give water access to roughly 5 people with the savings on their water bill by decreasing their water usage by 25%. As a country, the United States as of 2009 had an estimated total of 129, 969, 653 households.  If every household in the US donated the money they would save in one year on their water bill to water.org’s campaign approximately 624 million people would be provided the opportunity to gain access to clean, safe water sources by 2012!

So in addition to challenging all of you to decrease your water usage by 15-25%, I also encourage you to keep track of all the money you save on your monthly water bills and donate it to providing someone in need with access to water.  A simple concept that could make huge impacts on the global water crisis by changing simple daily habitats in and around your home!

Are you up for the challenge? Find out how to become involved with Water.Org Here

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About bbanville12

I am a Youth Program Director at Excel Youth Zone based in San Diego, CA. We work with students and educators to implement service-learning projects in after-school and in-school programming. I love social justice of all kinds and I am excited to start a social justice minded blog at Wordpress. Follow me each month as a dive into a new social topic educating not only myself but the general public on ways they can contribute to these critical social issues!
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