Five Bucks = Water for Life

Via Lynn Hasselberger
on Jul 7, 2010
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Just five bucks is enough to give clean water to one person. For an entire lifetime.

Three thousand bucks is enough to provide a well to an entire village.

If you think that’s unbelievable, check out these statistics:

* Less than 1% of the world’s fresh water is readily accessible for direct human use.
* Almost a BILLION people lack access to safe water supplies–roughly one in eight people.
* 3.575 MILLION people die each year from water-related disease.
* 84% of water-related deaths are children ages 0-14.
* A child dies every 15 seconds from water born diseases.
* An American taking a five-minute shower uses more than the typical person living in a developing country slum uses in an entire day.
* About a third of people without access to an improved water source live on less than $1 a day; more than two-thirds: less than $2.
* Without water, a person can expect to live a few days.

The average American uses 170 gallons of water per day.

Fortunately, there are organizations dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the growing, yet solvable, global water crisis. In this post, I will put the spotlight on …

Thirst Aid Live

A series of concerts, television programs and large-scale national and international events, Thirst Aid Live exists to live responsibly locally, raise awareness nationally, and give back globally. Celebrity musicians, actors, athletes and citizens have banded together with Thirst Aid Live‘s nonprofit partners to quench world thirst.

I had the opportunity to speak to Thirst Aid Live‘s Denise Russo, an energetic and very inspiring woman who believes, “If you want something in your world to change, then you must be an agent of that change.” Motivated by the collective efforts of people making those changes, she’s now leading projects for Haiti that go beyond just water. “I am simply a vessel using my God-given talents for making a difference for our Earth and global neighbors.”

How you can help:

* Empower yourself with the mind frame to conserve water daily. For ideas, check out this Thirst Aid Live Toolkit.
* Donate to Thirst Aid Live (operated by Vessel H2O) — remember, just 5 bucks gives one person clean water for life!
* Shop green at –one “lifetime” of water will be given to Thirst Aid Live for every 50 bucks spent. Just enter THIRSTAID20 at checkout.
* Purchase a Thirst Aid Live t-shirt or water bottle–a portion of proceeds will benefit water crisis organizations.
* Follow Thirst Aid Live on twitter and become a facebook fan.

I don’t know about you, but now I’m thirsty. Before grabbing a glass of water, imagine what five bucks could mean to one person’s chance for a better life… something as simple as quenching some thirst.

Look for more water related posts throughout the next couple of weeks.


About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger is co-founder of GDGD Radio; The Green Divas Managing Editor; and Producer of The Green Divas Radio Show. She's also a mom, writer and award-winning cat-herder who lives in Chicagoland. Sunrises, running, yoga, lead-free chocolate and comedy are just a few of her fave things. In her rare moments of spare time, she blogs at and A treehugger and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr @GreenDivaLynn & @myEARTH360), instagram and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.


6 Responses to “Five Bucks = Water for Life”

  1. Sheesh! I try and drink 1.5 to 2ltr of water a day – that's just over 1/2 a gallon of water. Take 1 shower for 10 mins, say 20 gallons, flush the toiler 5 times a day? at say 5 gallons per flush (old toilets), then in a day:

    0.5 + 20 + 25 => 45.5 gallons of water a day!

    That really adds up. But what I need to ask is where you get your 170 gallons for an average American, from. The AAWA,, indicates a 70 gallons for the average, and although that's probably conservative, it's still less than half your number. Bit of scare mongering?

    But your point is still valid. Everyone in the developed world does waste far too much water on a daily basis.

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  3. Khandromama says:

    probably also counting water used to wash clothing and dishes, prepare meals, water garden or lawn, etc

  4. Remember this is the average American, many of whom live in wetter areas and don't need to water garden/lawn. With a massive increase in the single person living alone, you could get away with a washing a week or less (smelly).

    So I would love to know where the extra 120gallons comes from…

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  6. emmapeach says:

    Think of how often you wash you hands, how much water runs down the drain when you let water run in order to get warm water, for cooking, washing, watering etc. We don't even think about how much water everyone wastes every day, we are just not aware. Why is it so important if it is 70 or 120 gallons? It is too much anyway and only nitpicking imo.