22 03 2012

My daughters and I took showers last night. I make the youngest go last because she’s a water baby and loves to play in the shower. If she goes first, the rest of us have to wait 40 minutes for her to exit the shower, and 30 minutes after that for the hot water heater to do its thing.

I drank tap water yesterday. It’s what I usually drink, unless it’s morning and then I drink carafes of coffee, which I make with tap water, but it seems like I’m drinking something else entirely since it’s coffee-flavored.

My kids drink tea- or juice-flavored water—there’s always a glass full of liquid near them. I wish they’d drink milk, but that battle was lost before it began.

All of this daily drinking, not to mention the platters of food we consume, sends us trotting down the hall throughout the day to use the toilet

It’s convenient to have a toilet, or better, several toilets in the house. They always flush our waste through the pipes, unless someone gets carried away with the toilet paper, and then it’s mom to the rescue with the plunger.

The dogs love cold, fresh tap water. Since their water bowl is three steps from the kitchen tap and the kitchen is a popular place, they get water whenever they want it.

Speaking of the kitchen, we have an appliance called a dishwasher. I put our dirty dishes in it, push a button on the front, and hot water swishes and rinses until the dishes are clean. The same thing happens to our clothes when I put them in the clothes washer.

Using water is one of the things we do best at our spot on earth. We fill pots and cook pasta, wash off the roof and sometimes the house, porch, deck, sidewalk and driveway, wash the cars, wash tubs and sinks and countertops and floors, pour it on plants and, when we had a hot tub, we put water in it. We even fill plastic guns and have water fights. We do lots of things with water.

We just turn a faucet, and we have water.

Water.org is trying to do something for the one billion humans who don’t have access to clean water. And the whopping 2.5 billion who have no access to a toilet.

Take time today to check out their website and read about the lives of those affected by lack of water. If you’re so moved, make a donation. They’re turning on faucets all over the world.

Happy Water Day.

By Trish Parnell

Image courtesy of Bob West

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