Wednesday, February 17, 2016

366 Project - Day 48 - "Abstract (Water)"


February 17, 2016 - "Abstract (Water)"

Water.

We don't have any at the moment.

Well... That isn't entirely true. We do have some gallon jugs of water that we purchased from the grocery store. We don't, however, have any form of "flowing" water in our house at the moment.

No running water from any of the sinks.

No running water from the tub or shower.

No water for flushing the toilets.

No water.

Why? Because nature recently decided to drop its temperature well below 0˚... freezing a pipe somewhere underneath our house... causing it to burst. Because we're on a shared well system, the constant flow of water through the broken pipe caused the water pressure to drop in our neighbors homes as well. This resulted in our main water line needing to be shut off... and thus we have no water.

We have no idea how the heck we're going to get this fixed - as it's probably going to involve a plumber crawling and working underneath our house. Between "trying to get our plumber here" and "the unknown cost of the repair" - it looks like we might have to be without water for at least a couple of days. Maybe longer. Maybe much, MUCH longer. We'll see.

There are far worse things in life than our temporary discomfort of not having running water. We're able to purchase water for drinking and cooking purposes... and we can shower at the houses of nearby family members. Many people in the world do not have those options. For many people of the world the water that surrounds them is contaminated and undrinkable. For many people there simply isn't any water to begin with - drinkable or not.

Think about it for a minute. I mean REALLY think about it. How many times a day do we each turn on a faucet or flush a toilet? How many times a day do we each use water for one purpose or another? How much do we take those moments... those privileges... that water... for granted?

Now take a moment to think about how many people - both in our own country and around the world - do not have those moments... those privileges... that water. I mean REALLY think about it. How many people do you think are desperately thirsty at this particular moment in time? Thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Millions?

It hurts to think about such things.

Now I would ask you to please visit www.water.org and learn how you can make a difference in the world.

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