Los Angeles, Calif., Oct 1, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A project encouraging Americans to live for a few days on the bare minimum of water will help them understand poverty and treat those without clean water as brothers, a water access advocate has said.
“If you really want to live in solidarity with the poor, if you want to build some awareness in yourself about this issue and about the importance of the water that you are so blessed to have access to, take the 4Liter Challenge,” said George McGraw, executive director of DigDeep Water.
“It’s not hard, but it’s incredibly life-changing.”
The 4Liter Challenge, a program of the Los Angeles-based DigDeep Water, is set to run from Oct. 14-21. It asks people to live for several days on four liters of water per day – only slightly more than one gallon; this is the minimum amount of clean water a person needs to survive.
The challenge aims to raise awareness about “water poverty,” the lack of clean water that many poor people face, both in the U.S. and around the world.
“There is, in my experience, no simpler or more profound challenge that can really change the way you look at something so quickly and so effectively,” McGraw told CNA Sept. 30.
“You’ll finish the 4Liter Challenge and you’ll wake up every day, and as soon as you turn on the tap you’ll be reminded of that experience.”
Participants in the challenge can sign up on an interactive site to share their experiences with friends and family and to collect donations to help others access water.
“The 4Liter Challenge simulates that experience of people every day: the experience of having to only collect a little bit of water and figure out what you are going to use it for,” McGraw added.
“It really is a true experience of poverty.”
The program, he explained, aims “to make Americans more conscious of their own water consumption and help them to see their own access to water as an important human right that they need to safeguard.”
According to McGraw, Americans consume more water than anyone else globally, up to 550 liters (145 gallons) per person per day in drinking, cooking, watering the lawn, and other tasks. Experts estimate that 50 liters (13 gallons) per day is needed for a person to live “a normal, healthy life.”
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