Thanksgiving is that wonderful time of the year when the temperatures outside are perfect. The heat of summer is gone, but the chill of winter hasn’t yet set in. We can enjoy the bounty of our table, then move outside for the annual croquet match without adding too many layers.
One thing that I’m especially thankful for this year is water. The local water utility sends me water whenever I want it. The water is clean and constant.
The more I write about water, the more I realize that lack of access to clean water isn’t just a problem of poverty. There are many places in the world where the middle classes also have trouble accessing clean drinking water.
Even in the U.S., aging infrastructure creates occasional problems with water. Boil orders for counties and municipalities show up in my inbox all the time.
However, the problem of access to clean water affects mainly non-industrialized nations. 1.1 billion people in the world drink water that might make them sick. Only 57% of the population of sub-Saharan Africa has access to clean water. Blue Living Ideas is partnering with charity: water to raise funds to build a water well in Ethiopia to provide clean drinking water. We would appreciate any spare change you can donate to the project.
This Thanksgiving, I’ll give thanks for something that is easy to take for granted in the part of the world where I live – water.
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