10.15.2010

Blog Action Day Day 2010: Do You Care About Clean Water?


I'm always down to support a worthy cause.


Today is Blog Action Day 2010 led by Change.org. Thousands of bloggers from over 125 different countries coming together to write about water issues in their communities and around the world.


On a local level I think the Black community as whole could care less about the type of water we're consuming not knowing how detrimental it is to our internal health. We consume tap water from the faucet not knowing where its flowing from.


I too was guilty of that growing up. It seems harmless drinking from the fountain at school or the water hose outside but it is.


In 2006, Environmental Working Group did a survey in 42 states and it was determined that the water supplies across the country met current standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. One problem--the water was found to contain 141 chemicals not regulated by EPA. What?! What are we consuming?

Think about it like this. You ever notice how your iron will sometimes start spitting out brown spots on your clothes and get real dark at the bottom over a period of time? Research as shown that the filth in your tap water plays a part in that depending on the type of iron you have. So if tap water produces brown stains from your iron, then what is it doing to our internal systems? The type of water we consume actually weakens us and raises the level of toxicity we have.


This wasn't meant to be a sermon--just a call to action.


I recommend we get a good filtering system for our faucet. Also purchase good bottled water and stay away from detrimental faucet and fountain water. What type of action do you or will you take?





Here's "Five Facts About Water You Might Not Know" by Change.org:

1. Unsafe drinking water and lack of sanitation kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Unclean drinking water can incubate some pretty scary diseases, like E. coli, salmonella, cholera and hepatitis A. Given that bouquet of bacteria, it’s no surprise that water, or rather lack thereof, causes 42,000 deaths each week.

2. More people have access to a cell phone than to a toilet. Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to toilets. This means that sewage spills into rivers and streams, contaminating drinking water and causing disease.

3. Every day, women and children in Africa walk a combined total of 109 million hours to get water. They do this while carrying cisterns weighing around 40 pounds when filled in order to gather water that, in many cases, is still polluted. Aside from putting a great deal of strain on their bodies, walking such long distances keeps children out of school and women away from other endeavors that can help improve the quality of life in their communities.

4. It takes 6.3 gallons of water to produce just one hamburger. That 6.3 gallons covers everything from watering the wheat for the bun and providing water for the cow to cooking the patty and baking the bun. And that’s just one meal! It would take over 1.8 billion gallons of water to make just one hamburger for every person in the United States.

5. The average American uses 159 gallons of water every day – more than 15 times the average person in the developing world. From showering and washing our hands to watering our lawns and washing our cars, Americans use a lot of water. To put things into perspective, the average five-minute shower will use about 10 gallons of water. Now imagine using just 10 gallons to bathe, wash your clothes, cook your meals and quench your thirst.

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