World Water Day is March 22
Started in 1993, World Water Day has become a rallying point for the international community. It's meant to draw awareness to the fact that there are far too many people (close to a billion!) without clean, drinkable water. These are people that must walk many miles to find even the most polluted water source and then lug heavy water jugs many miles back to their homes. But, as desperate as their lives are, there are many organizations that are making water conservation and protection their priority.
Rotary Water Projects:
Take a look at this gadget. It's called the "Life Straw" and Rotary International is making it (among others) a priority to get as many as possible into the hands of every school aged child in rural Africa. It's a fully functioning filter that
you can use as a straw. So, dipping one end into untreated water and then "sucking" the water through it will result in drinkable water. While this is a short-term solution, it is saving thousands of lives.
Water.org has dedicated its resources to creating wells and providing clean water for rural areas. They argue that it costs as little as $25 to provide one person clean water for life. But, instead of simply bringing a well digger to the area, digging the well, and then leaving, Water.org uses a combined approach. Getting community members involved through clean water education and well maintenance seminars, the area will better equipped for the long haul. The hope is that if the people better understand it and take ownership, more wells will be developed organically in the future.
Watch this humorous clip to see how founder, Matt Damon, is bringing the world water solution home.
Take a look to see if there are any World Water Day events
happening in your area.
How Can YOU Conserve Water, Everday?
There are so many ways to look at water conservation, but let's simplify it. Follow these simple changes and you'll be making a difference.
Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts
Store drinking water in your refrigerator rather than letting the tap run every time you want a cool glass of water. And, of course, do NOT purchase bottled water.
Insulate your water pipes. You'll get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up.
If you insist on watering your lawn, do it during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces evaporation.
Tell your children about water conservation. It will become second nature to them if started early enough.
Install a low-flow toilet or add a milk gallon filled with rocks to the back basin of your toilet. This will limit the amount of water used per flush.
Install water aerators. Save water AND money. The Clean Energy Resource Teams of Minnesota have a program where faucet aerators can be bought at a HUGE discount.
In the spirit of water conservation, we thought a good recipe to go with the newsletter should be water themed. Instead of soups or lemonade or something boring
we decided to promote a more interesting dish: Bacon-wrapped Water Chestnuts.
"Water" chestnuts...get it?
These are absolutely delicious! You'll want to make a second batch before your party.
Here's what you'll need:
1 Cup Ketchup
1 Cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
16 ounces sliced bacon (free range preferably)
2 (8 ounce) cans water chestnuts, drained
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2) In a saucepan, combine ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce; heat just to boiling. Pour sauce over bacon and water chestnuts.
3) Cut bacon slices into thirds. Cut some of the bigger water chestnuts in half. Wrap chestnuts in bacon and secure with toothpicks; place in a 9x13 pan.
4) Bake in preheated oven until bacon is completely cooked, about 45-50 minutes.