04 January 2009

Today I Am Grateful for... Hot Water

Every now and then I get a hankering to remodel the bathroom. You know, new shower, fancy faucets that look like waterfalls, big basins like soup bowls to wash your face in. A toilet that doesn't look like a toilet. Fun. Expensive. Necessary?

My stepdaughter Cassie is in the Peace Corp and doesn't have a very reliable source of water. It turns off and on without a lot of predictability. Not sure how drinkable it is either.

Some facts: 2 in 5 people worldwide do not have access to a basic toilet. And let's be clear that a basic toilet is not made by Kohler. Access to sanitation linked to a sewer system: 18% in Asia, 13% in Africa. 1 person in 5 has NO access to safe drinking water.

At any moment, almost half the population in developing countries is suffering from a disease linked to lack of access to clean water and sanitation. Women and children are most affected.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that 1.8 million children die every year as a result of diseases caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. That’s one death every eight seconds.

Not only that but women and children around the world walk 200 million hours every day for water that often comes from a polluted source. The time spent fetching water often prevents them from earning a living or going to school.

So, today I am grateful for running hot and cold water. A toilet. A shower. I think I am darn lucky to have such luxuries.

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