What was the first thing you did when you woke up this morning? Chances are you used water. Try to imagine life without water. It's tough, we know. But for lots of people, life without clean water is just life. It's normal. In some places, it's normal to walk four hours a day to get water. Water that's disgusting. It's full of diseases. Nasty ones like dysentery cholera, and typhoid. In fact, diseases from dirty water kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

And here's the crazy thing: the water crisis is solvable. Our planet has water, we just need to help people get it. When we do it brings all kinds of changes. Clean water improves health. Gives kids more time in school, empowers women, boosts economies, and gives hope for a brighter future. Clean water changes just about everything.

So what can you do? We're asking you to give. Give a little. Give a lot. Give everything you've got.

What if you've given before. You've advocated, put your heart in, gotten creative, scraped the bottom of your penny jar and been disappointed. So what? We can change the world here! Dare to believe again This time, ask where your money goes. 

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Want to change the world? It starts with something that has the power to change everything. It starts with you! 

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Comment by Gary S on May 14, 2017 at 7:00pm

Michael, those are excellent points. Remember, we also have a problem with the over use of aquifers. I have read the predictions of geologists on the status of the Ogallala Aquifer and it also has not been very good. The people in India have also had to dig deeper because of the over use of the aquifer there.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2017 at 10:16pm

Michael, excellent points! I am grateful you had your experiences in Nairobi and willingly share what you learned. 

The thought of pumping water to huge sky scrapers, depleting water for surrounding farms and populations makes me irritated. Over pupulation, over indulgance of the wealthy, to many people with unmet needs, and some suffer while others exploit resources comes to a time of accountability.

Gratefully, I live in a forest situation on top of a huge aquafer in a farming area. We have wells to supply our needs and we have to be judicious about our water use. We turn off the water while brushing our teeth and while we soap up in the shower, we have a huge lawn that is watered with timed sprinklers and I would love to turn it into a food forest. Laura likes her lawn and has priority over my wishes. I would like to have a gray-water system for lawn watering,  I'll have to develop my persuasive abilities to gain these points. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 13, 2017 at 10:02pm

I agree that water brings life and death. It is precious beyond gold, yet mistreated and misused to giganic proportions. It is one thing to save clean, drinkable water out of our well or water supply, however that does nothing for those who live downstream from a mine, production plants of different types, or downslope from a farming operation. People don't have the power to make the necessary changes to bring drinkable water to their communities. 

Where do we start. I suppose I am biased, but I think one has to start with education. Educate those who pollute the water and those who drink polluted water. Educate those who do not know there is a water problem. 

Education also involves teaching people how to sequester water and care for it as the life-giving element that it is. The information for how to manage water is available from governments and non-government organizations. Willing people want to train those who seek the information and funding always presents problems. 

"Want to change the world? It starts with something that has the power to change everything."

1. Recognize there is a lack of available drinkable water problem; 

2. Identify individual Goals intended to solve collective problems; 

3. Explore the different Option one can use to be a part of the solution; 

4. Develop an Action Plan with specific Goals, Dates of action, and Evaluation scheduled; 

5. Take Action using your Plan A;

6. Set a date to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of your Action Plan. If Plan A is sucessfull, continue; if not, develop and use Plan B

7. Wash, Rinse, Repeat. 

Comment by Michael Penn on May 13, 2017 at 9:27pm

This is all so very true. When I went to Africa for my now ex-wife of 12 years a lot of water there was like the pictures you are showing. City water in Nairobi looked clean but should be boiled before you drink it, and water in the villages usually came from one common well. There's usually not enough money to drill more of them.

In America we are creating our own water problems by too many people living in one area and people want to re-direct water to the greater populated area. The water problems may get a lot worse all over the world before it gets better, but we can work toward solving this for all of us.

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