The Water Challenge

If you live in a water rich region, it can be hard to understand the need to conserve water.

Water shortage? We turn on the tap, and water comes out.

Perhaps that’s why Americans consume an average of 575 liters of water a day, while many Rwandans, who have to walk miles to collect their water, only consume 10.

The UN recommends that each person have access to a minimum of 20-50 liters of water each day for drinking, cleaning, bathing, and cooking.

Multiply even the minimum by a family of 5, however, and you’ve got 100 liters weighing over 200 pounds—a heavy burden for women and children to carry for 2-3 hours on their journey home.
Carrying over 200 lbs for miles? That’s hard to even grasp.

Yet there’s something powerful about entering into another’s experience. Often it begins as an attempt to understand others, and ends with a better understanding of yourself, and what it means to share this world together.

So we invite you to enter in. To challenge yourself. Or better yet, challenge your family, your friends, and your small group to a little friendly competition. You can start small or jump right in. We’ve numbered the challenges 101-901 to give you an idea of their difficulty and which ones you should do if you’re just looking to get your feet wet, or want to be fully immersed in the experience.


The Next Step

Once you’ve completed the water challenge, you may want to do more. So here’s a few more simple ways you can conserve water year-round:

  •   Check for leaks, an active toilet, or dripping faucet
  •   Purchase low-flow shower heads
  •   Replace toilets with 2-stage or low-flow models
  •   Purchase energy efficient dish washers and clothing washers
  •   Hand water plants/lawn
  •   Hand wash your car when it rains
  •   Keep a pitcher of water in your refrigerator so you don’t need to run the tap to get it cold

Log Your Liters

Need help keeping track of how many liters you and your family save? Here's a handy log for your refrigerator. Download your 20 Liters Log