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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bottled Water; Food for Thought

From The Water Project.org.-- Home Welcome ! The Water Project, Inc. is a charity dedicated to helping provide clean, safe water to those who suffer needlessly without it. You can help! Join us. Learn about the water crisis and how you can get involved. Learn 1 Billion People Don't Have Clean, Safe Water The Water Crisis » Why Water? »What is Water Scarcity? »Statistics and Figures »Meet Bridget »Water for Schools »How We Work Our Process »Our Local Partners »Digging Wells »Weirs (sand dams) »Rain Catchment »Consider This... Bottled Water a Waste? »How to Save Water »Teaching Tools » Free Lesson Plans »The Water Cycle » Why Water? Water & Health » Dirty water makes people sick. Hospitals and medical clinics can't help without it. Learn about how health is linked to clean water. Water & Education » If your sick, you can't go school. If your too busy fetching water, you can't study. Safe water helps students achieve more. Discover how. Water & Hunger » It's easy to forget that without access to water, it's much harder to grow food. Find out how a well can free a family from the worry of hunger. Water & Poverty » Without food to eat, an education and decent health, poverty is inevitable. Read about the link between water and poverty, and how to help. Act Get Involved... Help Fund a Water Project Individuals, small groups, schools and families all around the world are helping fund new water wells and other water projects. You can too! We've built the tools you need to make a real impact. Jump in today. We need your voice. How to Get Involved Sponsor a Well » Every donation to The Water Project is linked to a specific project, no matter how much you give. But, if you'd like to sponsor an entire project on your own, or with your school or church, we want to help! Start a Fundraiser » One of the best ways to help is to rally your friends and family. And we're making that easy. Setup your own page in minutes. 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Maps, pictures, stories and details from the specific project you support connect you to the people you help. See What's Happening Now »About Who We Are »Our Board & Staff »Financials »Corporate Campaigns »FAQ »Jobs »Contact Contact Us You can reach us via email at: info (at) thewaterproject.org Comments/Questions? Click Here » Our Mailing Address: The Water Project, Inc. PO Box 3353 Concord, NH 03302 Our Offices: 4 Bicentennial Square 3rd Floor Concord, NH 03301 +1 704-918-1804 Find us on social networks TwitterFacebookFlickrRSS FeedDonate Donate Online »The Sponsor's Team »Donate by Check »Shop Our Gift Store »Monthly Giving »Start a Fundraiser » Bottled water is a luxury Spending on luxury necessarily reduces one's ability to donate "disposable" income. A luxury is... Luxury: something that is an indulgence rather than a necessity. Drinking bottled water is a choice. It is not a necessity. It is a matter of taste. We live in the developed world where the water from our tap is more strictly regulated for safety and purity than commercially bottled water. Our water is clean and safe. It meets every real, physical need we might conceive of it. "Federal regulations dictate the physical characteristics of the city's water, such as turbidity, or muddiness. Provincially, the levels of bacteria, metals and chlorine are monitored. But bottled water is not regulated," Ms. Bailey said. "Tap water must meet requirements and regulations from two levels of government." Source: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20061013.BCWATER13/TPStory/National Consider That... Many people in the developing world have no access to even marginally clean water. Often times merely coming in contact with the water there, let alone drinking it, can cause serious disease. Source of Definition: http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Lavishness: the quality possessed by something that is excessively expensive Bottled water is certainly lavish by this definition. Bottled water, which is no different than tap water in its necessary use, can be up to 10,000 times more expensive. That, by any measure, is excessively expensive. Consider That... The most prevalent form of water scarcity is economic scarcity. The water exists, but the money needed to access and clean it does not. It is a simple matter of finding the monetary resources necessary to connect people to the water. It is a solvable problem! Source of Definition: http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "A luxury good is a good at the highest end of the market in terms of quality and price." Judged by taste, some would argue that bottle water is a better "quality" product. That is, at best, debatable. Many blind taste tests have shown tap water to be preferred over even the most expensive boutique bottled waters. Still, an advocate of bottled water will claim it is of higher quality, so it may meet that criteria for the purpose of our definition. We have already addressed price. Consider That... By "giving up" this luxury for tap water that is entirely safe and clean, and still great tasting, you could save someone's life. Which is really worth it? Some might claim that they alone will make little difference, but consider that just $10 will bring life giving water to one person for up to 25 years! You say your water tastes like stale fish? Then buy a $10 charcoal based filter from the major filter makers. Save money, give life. Source of Definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxury ABOUT TRUST ONLINE Copyright ©2006-2011 - The Water Project, Inc. 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Why Bottled Water is a Luxury ◦How Bottled Water is Wasteful ◦Impact of Bottled Water ◦Global Concerns ◦Using Your Money Elsewhere ◦Bottled Water: Not a Clear Choice ◦Water Filtration at Home ◦Bottled Water on Campus - the Footprint •Teaching Tools » Teaching ToolsLesson Plans •Frequent Questions •About Us •Please Donate Now Get News and Updates about "The Water Challenge" “We are honored to have participated in such a noble effort to help provide water and hope to people in Kenya.” - Devika B., College Student Get Involved Now » Recently Recommended

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