As you may know, I am a bit obsessive when it comes to hydration. I would love to go on and on about the benefits of hydration but there is a much greater issue to acknowledge at this juncture! Physical location and access to clean water. As someone who is based in an New York City, I am fortunate to have unlimited access to decent water (shoot, the nation praises our bagels and pizzas because of our water). However, there are places throughout our country and the world that are not capable of just drinking their tap water and some places that aren’t even capable of bathing in their available water.
Yes, we are all aware that we are fortunate to live in a nation with clean water (relatively… hold on, I will get there) and we are very aware that there are plenty of nations that are continuously plagued by the inability to access clean water sources and are thus falling behind in industrialization. This is what Charity: Water aims to target. Access to clean water creates the opportunity for education, income, and increased health in a community. According to Charity: Water, 663 million people in the world live without clean water! While you were waiting for your percolator to make your espresso or staring at your french press this morning did you think about the fact that you are so fortunate to have the ability to just use the water directly out of your tap?! Clean water can change literally everything. I know many people are particular with their choice in charities to donate to and I totally understand, but Charity: Water is based right here in New York! Does that entice you a bit? If not and you just can’t seem to commit, you should consider changing the organization you shop with on smile.amazon.com to Charity: Water. And if you are not currently using Amazon Smile for your shopping, you need to START NOW. They donate a portion of your purchase to the organization you designate.
Not feeling international today? That’s okay, we’re not safe at home either!
This Land Is Our Land, This Land Is Your Land… but all we talk about is California and the New York island. Seriously, we get it, NY has decent water and CA has suddenly gone from drought to land of down pour but what about all of those states in between? At what point do you brush off our collective land and neglect the fact that we, as a nation, are shirking the duties we have to our fellow neighbors and their rights to clean, potable water? We all know where I’m heading with this: Flint, Michigan. Oh? Heard of it? Forgot about it? Yeah, so did the majority of the media and news but they’re still there, they’re still having to buy and use bottled water for everything.
The water troubles in Flint began in 2014 when, as a cost-cutting measure, the city’s water source was switched from Detroit to the Flint River. The highly corrosive water was not properly treated, and it caused lead from the city’s pipes to leach into the water system. Even as officials continue to tout the city’s water system as improved and claim that the lead levels are below the federal threshold, residents of the city are still being told not to use water from the tap without a proper filter. (The Root)
This could literally be any town. Just because you may be lucky enough to live somewhere that is unaffected doesn’t mean that you couldn’t easily become someone in this kind of situation. Yes, the issues in Flint are predominantly infrastructural but that does not mean that we should just assume that we are so much better off. There are plenty of people in major cities neglecting their actions and indirectly or unintentionally contributing to the pollution of our water (hello, have you seen the Hudson River?? I won’t go into it much detail about this right now but a friend of mine had to come to NY just to record the levels of pollution in the water and it was not a pretty outcome).
So what can we possibly do that could lessen the pollution locally? The NRDC has got you covered! They published an article today that discusses ways that you can lessen your direct impact on water pollution. The following is something I think MANY people do without a second thought:
Remember, your toilet is not a trash can.
Never flush nondegradable products, like baby wipes or plastic tampon applicators. They can throw a huge wrench into the sewage treatment process and wind up littering beaches and water. (Who wants to walk along a beach and step in their own garbage?) And never dump old pills in the toilet, either. Instead, bring them to a local pharmacy that has a take-back program.
ANYWAY. Thanks for sticking through and reading that hot mess of an incoherent thought. Appreciate your water. Help others get clean water.