One in six people on the planet do not have access to safe, clean drinking water.
Your tap water is fine.
Worried it isn’t? Get it tested.
If it turns out that it isn’t get a tap water filter, and join a “stream team” (google it to find one in your state).
Need to take it with you? Get a re-usable bottle that will last long and not leach harmful chemicals into the water you are drinking.
There. Your water problems are solved, and I never once suggested purchasing bottled water.
Water is free (kind of) it falls from the sky. If it were Coke that came out of your taps and fell from the sky—I can’t imagine ANYONE purchasing it in a bottle for an incredible mark up. Afterall, it’s free (sort of)! So why buy water of a similar quality to that which flows from your tap, in bottles made from some of the most environmentally damaging chemicals on the planet? And why pay one, two, or three dollars?
…Why not pay twenty?
The only good bottle of water available for purchase is being sold by Scott Harrison and it costs $20!
“Why would ANYONE pay $20 for a normal-sized bottle of water?”, you ask.
Because this special bottle of water has the unique ability to drill wells!
After living what he describes as a selfish and thoughtless lifestyle, Scott Harrison decided it was time to make a meaningful difference in the world. That meaningful difference soon became Charity: Water.
Charity: Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. We give 100% of the money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable clean water solutions in areas of greatest need. We also work to raise awareness of the water crisis through events, fundraising exhibitions and other public awareness campaigns.
Charity: Water is currently involved in 629 water projects. Broken down, that is: 6 in Kenya, 72 in Liberia, 113 in the Central African Republic, 34 in Uganda, 18 in Tanzania, 75 in Ethiopia, 66 in Malawi, 11 in Rwanda, 200 in Bangladesh, 21 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and 13 in India. For more details on each of these water projects, visit the “Project” page on their website.
Well aware (no pun intended) that the bottled water industry is an environmentally damaging one, Charity: Water is quick to point out:
We are not a bottled water company. We want to give everyone on earth access to the same clean, safe drinking water that comes out of our taps. Our $20 bottle was created in response to the gratuitous excess of wealth and waste we see everywhere. There’s nothing special about the actual bottle. We pay 34¢ for each one, and the water comes from a spring in upstate New York. What is special, is what that $20 does for people in need. Early on, we pledged to always give 100% of the money away – very much unlike for-profit companies whose bottom line matters most.
So where exactly does that $20 go after I purchase my bottle?
Every $20 bottle can give at least one person clean water for 20 years. And when we turn those $20’s into freshwater wells, they produce an incredible amount of clean water each year that comes from the ground. An average well can produce 666,000 gallons of water a year for a community of about 500 people, and can be built for only $5,000. That means each bottle of charity: water can produce the equivalent of 20,000 bottles of water for someone that currently doesn’t have clean water. That’s a lot of water.
Visit their website to get involved (you don’t even need to purchase a bottle of water), and every time you turn on your tap at home and clean drinking water rushes out think about the millions of people in the world who aren’t fortunate enough to have that luxury, and be thankful that people like Scott Harrison are doing something about it.
Of course, Planetsaver Scott Harrison couldn’t do it without you.
image credit: Charity: Water