Blog Action Day 2010: Water

DSC 65511 Blog Action Day 2010: WaterBlog Action Day is here and the topic this year is water.

It seems like water is all around us, yet nearly 1 billion people world wide do not have access to clean drinking water. In fact, 90% of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under five years old.

According to Change.org, Americans, nearly all of whom have access to clean, drinkable water, consume 200 bottles of water per person per year. Only 14% of those bottles will be recycled.

Most of us know that plastic waste is a problem because plastic never goes away. Something we often fail to consider, though, is the resources involved in the production of plastic. As The Washington Post reported, “According to Food & Water Watch, more than 17 million barrels of oil — enough to fuel 1 million cars for a year– are needed to produce the plastic water bottles sold in the United States annually.”

If you’re interested in knowing more about bottled water (which really is tap water if it comes from the big three bottlers: Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle), be sure to check out Annie Leonard’s short video The Story of Water.

So what can we do? A lot.

1. We can support organizations that are working hard to bring clean water to people who don’t have it. Charity: Water is a great place to start. They’re digging wells in areas that need them, a very sustainable solution.

2. We can ditch the bottle. With so many reusable water bottles available, there’s really no reason to buy bottled water anymore. If you think your tap water needs to be filtered, it’s relatively inexpensive to purchase a faucet-mounted or pitcher-type filter. You can bet your bottled water isn’t filtered.

3. We can pay closer attention to our consumption of water. Most people use 465 liters of water per day. H20Conserve.org has a cool Water Footprint Calculator that will help you determine how much water you’re using and where you might be able to cut back.

The purpose of Blog Action Day is for bloggers around the world to come together on October 15 to raise awareness of a single issue. I hope you’ve learned something you may not have known and I hope you’ll be inspired to think about water and how you can help.