Today is World Water Day and I have to say that this year’s commemoration seems far more meaningful and important than ever. Most of us in the U.S. don’t even think about whether the water coming out of our faucets is clean and safe. We just expect it to be. Yet, over the past year, the people of Flint, Michigan, have made us painfully aware that those expectations aren’t guaranteed.
World Water Day originated at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development as an international observance to learn more about water-related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.
In honor of this observance, we decided to take action and hopefully make a difference in the lives of at least a few families in Flint. We launched a water filter drive and as of today, we and our extended networks have purchased 80 filters/filter replacement packs for the families of Flint. Here’s how that breaks down. Each filter we purchased provides between 100 and 150 gallons of clean water. With 80 filters purchased, that’s between 8,000 – 12,000 gallons of clean water for this community.
Though our filter drive officially wraps up today, our Amazon wish list will stay open to all who would like to donate to this community. And, if you’re interested in taking action in a bigger way and organizing your own water drive, check out these guidelines from Michigan.gov.
To our friends, colleagues, clients and partners who helped us support Flint — thank you. Through your generous donations, you’ve helped me experience a key message of World Water Day: that water is change.