For most of us, Drinking Water Week means swapping soda for H20 and making sure we fill up on our daily 64-ounce requirement.
But while we make a concerted effort to hydrate our bodies with the liquid we need most, it’s also an opportunity to think about the 884 million people worldwide who don’t even have the option to turn down a ice-cold glass of clean drinking water for an alternative beverage.
So, as you pour your eight cups today, take a moment to think about those who are in desperate need of potable water to stay healthy and fend off water-related diseases. You may also consider sharing the blessing of clean liquids by supporting the organizations that are bringing uncontaminated drinking water to those in need around the world.
Each year, 3.6 million people die from water-related diseases, according to Water.org, an organization founded by Matt Damon and Gary White. The nonprofit is working to put an end to the worldwide water and sanitation crises, and provides live updates of the communities that are benefitting from donations made to the organization via my.water.org. To get involved with Water.org, click here.
Children make up 90 percent of the 30,000 water-related deaths that occur each week, according to charity: water. To help bring down the numer of water-related casualties, charity: water brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations with its hand-dug wells, drilled wells, rehabilitations and rain catchments. To get involved with charity: water, click here.
According to UNICEF, 37 percent of the developing world still lacks access to safe sanitation facilities. This humanitarian organization is working to alleviate this serious issue, by providing safe drinking water and sanitation to schools and communities in 90 countries. To get involved with UNICEF, click here.
In Bali alone, nearly 70 percent of the water used comes from contaminated sources, according to Waves for Water, an organization founded by surfer Jon Rose. This organization is helping to increase access to clean drinking water by bringing filters that are donated by clean water couriers. To learn more about Waves for Water, click here.
The Water Project is doing its part to bring clean, safe drinking water to those in need by building wells, weirs and rain catchment systems in several countries in Africa and by providing teaching materials for classrooms to get students involved. To get involved with the The Water Project, click here.