Posted by: mollyrossiter | April 27, 2009

Drink water to give water

Bloggers across the country are asking people to give up their canned sodas, their cappucinos and their bottled tea for five days next week to raise money and awareness for those who don’t have sustainable drinking water.

From the Christian Newswire:

“A group of U.S.-based bloggers are asking their readers to participate in a five-day ‘beverage fast’ next month, called ‘5 Days in May.’ … During 5 Days in May, readers are urged to drink only tap water and to donate the money they save on beverages to Water Missions International, a Christian, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide safe drinking water to people in developing countries and disaster areas.”

The bloggers are asking that everyone drink just tap water — which is free — from May 1 through May 5.

The organization estimates that the average American drinks about 420 ounces of canned soda per week (that’s 35 cans), approximately three specialty coffee drinks each week and a fountain pop each day — at a weekly cost of about $33.75.

“For about that same amount, Water Missions International could provide safe, sustainable drinking water for five people for the remainder of their lives,” Christian Newswire writes.

For more on the challenge, see Water Missions International’s site.

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Responses

  1. Tap water is not free. At least where I live.

  2. Oops, saw this one too late to take part but perhaps I’ll do it late. What a great way to make people think about drinking water in developing countries, something we all take for granted.


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