World Water Day

Finally, now we can all line up for a cause. Today, March 22nd, is World Water Day, a U.N. initiative to raise awareness of water quality issues at the political levels. Since World Water Day’s inception in 1993, all states have been encouraged to create events to help raise awareness and three organizations have responded by standing in line for the bathroom.

The World’s Longest Toilet Queue is the brainchild of End Water Poverty, Freshwater Action Network and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. In protest to the lack of access to clean water and sanitation worldwide, these three organizations are mobilizing people worldwide to stand in line and send a message to politicians that clean water issues are important.

Why should we be concerned about global sanitation issues?
  1. The lack of access to clean water and sanitation affects more than 2.5 billion people worldwide, killing more children than malaria, HIV/AIDS and TB combined.
  2. 4,000 children under the age of five die every day from preventable water illnesses, such as diarrhea, typhoid, cholera and dysentery.
  3. The U.N. estimates that half the girls who stop attending primary school in Africa do so because of the lack of safe and private toilets.
  4. The world’s politicians are gathering April 22nd, 2010 in Washington D.C. for the world’s first High-Level Meeting on Sanitation and Water. This is arguably the biggest political opportunity in years to make a global change on sanitation and clean water.

Ready to queue? Lining up is easy. Join the queue online, find a queue in your neighborhood or start your own queue and be part of a mass mobilization attempt to break a Guinnesss World Record and demand action from your politicians at the same time. Choose your queue at the World’s Largest Toilet Queue website here.
While we in the U.S. are lucky to have access to clean water, World Water Day reminds of a time when we might have to worry about a sanitary water source: in the case of natural disasters. Major earthquakes such as those experienced in Haiti and Chile can cut off water sources, causing panic as people search for this most essential of items. Take the time now, in honor of World Water Day to stock up on your emergency water storage to protect your family. In the U.S., the federal emergency management recommends storing one gallon of water per person per day. For your 72 hour kits, that means 3 gallons. Try getting a combination of solutions for your kits, including the Aqua Blox in liters (with a 5 year shelf life), water purification tablets, and the emergency water straw, a straw with a filter that allows you to drink directly from any water source. A combination of solutions such as these gives you the flexibility in an emergency to keep your emergency kit lightweight and still access the life-sustaining water you need each day.

And the next time you’re in line for the toilet, know that you tackled water issues, both at home and abroad.

Check for World Water Day events in your area at the World Water Day website.

Stock up on emergency water, water storage solutions and emergency water straws at Ready Set Go Kits.

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