Swimming Pool Industry Clean Water Charity
If you work in the swimming pool industry, own a swimming pool or even just went swimming in a pool once this summer then you need to read this article. The average swimming pool by modern day standards holds approximately 21,000 gallons of water. 21,000 gallons of crystal clear, 100% sanitized and safe water heated and conditioned to optimal human comfort so that you can beat the heat - relaxing as you float and swim in relative luxury. Truly it is an amazing thing to have access to a swimming pool but the enormity of this luxury becomes dulled over time. The harsh reality of the world we live in today is that while part of the world relaxes in clean, clear and refreshing water, other parts struggle to find enough clean water to sustain even the most basic necessities of life.
Lack of access to clean and safe drinking water kills over 3,400,000 people per year globally. Of this over 1,500,000 of these deaths are children. Every 24 hours over 2000 children under the age of five die from lack of access to safe drinking water. It is so easy to just read through figures like this and have them pass right through you without registering or making a real impact on you. If you really take the time to think about how insanely horrible it is that 2000 children die daily from diseases related to drinking contaminated water, it boggles the mind to think about cooling off in 21,000 gallons of sanitized water. Here are some more mind boggling facts that can be easy to not absorb...but make an effort to appreciate the grim reality of the current global water situation:
Who does dirty water impact the most? - In areas where access to clean water is restricted, women and children tend to bear the responsibility of collecting water for the family which takes on average up to six hours every day. In areas where clean water and toilet facilities are established, enrollment rates for girls in schools goes up by an average of 15%.
What happens when you drink contaminated water? - Diarrhea is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five around the world.
Where do you get your water from? - In Africa, women and girls are the primary collectors of water (74% of all water collected) which requires, on average, six kilometers of walking daily (3.7 miles) while balancing almost 50 lbs of water on their heads which medical research has documented as causing spinal and pelvic deformities.
How much resources are wasted pursuing clean water? - If you consider all of the time and resources put into trying to get water, every year women and children spend a total of 40,000,000,000 hours collecting water. That is 40 billion hours.
How many people are affected by this? - Over 663,000,000 people live without access to clean water around the world.
The disparity between swimming in 21,000 gallons of crystal clear water, and other people in the world who have never seen so much clean water in all of their lives is hard to reconcile. How can our world be so vastly different? It used to be simply because distance removes you so far from the problem that you could live your whole life and never really feel any impact. In modern days the world has become much smaller. Pictures and videos from around the world bring these problems right in front of your eyes...but they are still just images on a screen. You have to choose to accept them. You have to choose to accept the reality that the world we live in is not fair and not balanced. Some have, while others do not. Which brings us to the point of this article:
If you own a swimming pool, or earn your living through swimming pools, please help to end the water crisis. Charity:Water is a worldwide initiative and non-profit charity to end the global water crisis and they think that we can accomplish this within our lifetime. Every dollar that is invested into establishing clean water results in $4 to $12 in economic returns. Investing in access to clean water might be the single most powerful tool for building economic growth that humanity has ever known. This charitable organization is privately funded for operating costs which means that every last dollar that you donate goes directly to wells and clean water access in the areas that need them most. They also offer GPS information and pictures for the areas that your contribution goes towards. An entire community / school can be funded with a total donation of $10,000 and so this is our goal.
Together, one dollar at a time, the swimming pool industry and swimming pool owners can help to solve the global water crisis and put clean and safe drinking water directly into the hands of people who desperately need it. Every single person reading this should donate to this cause. There is no excuse good enough to warrant you skipping out on this charity. Even if you can only afford to donate $1 then please do so. How can you own a swimming pool, or work on giant bodies of tens of thousands of gallons of clean and clear water every day, and not find at least something to donate? Together we can make a huge, noticeable difference in the quality of life for thousands of people.
Please help women and children have access to clean and safe drinking water - No donation is too small
Charity:Water is a non-profit organization started in 2006 to provide clean and safe drinking water in developing nations. To date they have funded almost 20,000 clean water projects in 24 countries, directly providing clean water to over six million people. 100% of the money donated goes directly to drilled wells and bio sand filters for communities without access to safe water.
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