Today, I hope that you drink safe water from a tap that runs into your home, place of work, school or anywhere else you happen to be.
I hope that you refuse to buy bottled water.
I hope that you drink from a public fountain – or use it to fill up your water bottle.
I hope that you say no to Brita, no to reverse osmosis.
I hope that if you don’t trust your public water supply, that you write your municipal or provincial representatives and let them know that safe, clean drinking water is a human right.
I hope that you reflect on the last time the place you live had a boil water advisory or a water quality issue.
I hope that you are thankful you use a toilet that flushes, and you don’t have to worry (usually) about where the sewage will end up.
I hope that you wash your hands for at least 30 seconds using hot, running water that comes straight to your home.
I hope that you at least sometimes have stop-start showers, that you fix leaky taps, and that you turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
I wish these things for you every day, but most especially today.
Since there is a huge world out there of people more talented than I, I asked, why reinvent the wheel? As such, here I have posted some good food for thought from the lovely folks at the Global Health blog who know way more about water than I do:
**On the almost-achievement of the Millennium Development Goals on water, also from the Global Health Blog
**I tried to find a cool YouTube video, but YouTube in Iqaluit takes quite awhile. Its all you!
Enjoy your water…straight from the tap.