Having grown up in a city sitting above a large underground aquifer and surrounded by lakes, rivers and streams, quality water was cheap and abundant. The rain and the dew kept things green and alive.
The 70’s sparked a sense of adventure and city life was abandoned for the Ozark Mountains. Water was everywhere and people came from many places to drink the mineral water or bathe in mineral springs. This phenomenon aroused my first curiosity about water.
Next was a job in the Florida Keys. On the island on which we lived, one could stand in the middle of the road and see the Atlantic Ocean on and the Gulf of Mexico simultaneously! But as the saying goes, there was water everywhere but not a drop of it was to drink. All the fresh water was piped all the way from the mainland, delivering to islands along the 180 mile highway to Key West. I had never heard of water being transported that far but discovered that it was a very expensive trip and if you wanted to use it, you had to pay dearly for it.
Most residents warned guests playfully of this fact by posting a sign in each bathroom that read, “In this land of sun and fun, we never flush for number one!”
I learned that a bath was a luxury indeed and so was a quick shower as far as that’s concerned. People actually had locks on their water mains to discourage thieves! I learned about water conservation quickly and discovered that we don’t need as much as we think we do. I also learned that one should always be prepared for a water emergency. Storing fresh water in case of a hurricane or other disaster was a way of life. I was in an alternative universe, or so I thought.
It was not until I took my first mission trip to Haiti that I discovered that not everyone has access to potable water. I learned that many people spend the better part of a day gathering water for their families and that in the same heavy pails in which they transported their water were the pathogens and parasites that made many lives full of sickness and misery.
Our family lived in the West Indies for 12 years without a municipal water supply. We were very fortunate to have a large cistern to collect and filter the abundant water that falls during the rainy season. Those who could not collect and store rain water had to rely on the polluted rivers and streams.
Every life depends on water and Haiti is only a thumbnail shot of the plight of millions of people in the world.
Even here in the United States, we are faced with failing municipal water treatment facilities, flooding and droughts, and even water shortages. There is much to be done to salvage or rebuild our water treatment and water delivery methods for a safer and more reliable water supply.
We are currently based in Georgia where we were recently on the brink of running out of water for the Greater Atlanta area due to an extended severe drought. Our citizens were forced to conserve water, but more importantly, people voluntarily enforced restrictions in their own households.
We all must do our part to preserve and protect earth’s water and the water we use in our homes and workplace. Our goal is to provide great products and resources to have safe, clean water for day-to-day living as well as in the event of an emergency.
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