World Water Day: Affordable Ways to Tackle the Water Crisis

Posted on 03/21/2014

In 2011, 768 million people did not use an improved source of drinking-water, according to the United Nations. Giving people access to clean water can cost as little as a few bucks. In honor of World Water Day 2014, here are some affordable ways you can help tackle the water crisis.

Toast to Water
On World Water Day you're invited to join the world's largest toast. Hold up a glass of H2O, snap a pic and post it with the hashtag #toasttowater. The goal is to raise awareness about water conservation through social networks.

Water of Life
In 2013 144,000 people received clean water thanks to the efforts of South Carolina-based Water of Life. Their goal for World Water Day is to raise $30,000 to drill wells and purchase equipment for their work in Liberia, West Africa. Participate by giving any amount.

Write Your Congressman
Some lawmakers are trying to make the world water crisis a priority in Washington. That's because for every dollar invested in water and sanitation, $4 is returned in increased productivity. Take a few minutes to write your congressmen and urge them to support the Water for the World Act.

Eat Less Meat
What does meat have to do with water? According to research food accounts for about half of your water footprint. It takes 1,857 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef. Switching to pork, chicken or lamb will also help save water.

Buy a Bottle
If you purchase a Miir bottle you'll be giving clean drinking water to one person in need. Not only that, but did you know that three liters of regular water go into making just one liter of bottled water? That's according to NRDC's Paul McRandle. Fill up your Miir bottle instead.

By Alison Storm

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