Where Do You Get Your Water?
August 27, 2009
From the sink, right? Or the tap.
Water is the focus of the Brownie level Journey 2: WOW!
Global water issues have a major impact on the environment.
What is the water supply like in the countryside of Nicaragua where I lived, on the edge of the rain forest?
Let’s start by taking a look at some rural Nicaraguan sinks:
In the countryside in Nicaragua, most people have to go to a well to get water.
Then they fill up buckets, or gallon jugs to carry water back home.
Within the past year, the rural community where I lived worked with the local government to bring running water to almost all of the houses of the community. After months of hard work of digging trenches and laying pipe, now families in the community can turn on the tap and get cold, clean water.
Each house in the community now has one water faucet in the back yard. Many families still fill buckets with water, but now from the faucet in their yard instead of from the neighborhood well. Some families made recycled sinks by turning car tires inside-out.
Even though it rains a lot where these Nicaraguans live and there are plenty of rivers and streams, tap water can be expensive, so people try to conserve water when they can. Families don’t have the luxury of a washing machine to wash dirty clothes (a washing machine would use far too much water and electricity for any family to be able to afford it), so people still wash clothes in the traditional way, with a bucket of water on a rock.
Some families can’t even afford to use their tap water to wash their clothes. Other families still rely on well water for drinking water and don’t have the time to haul buckets and buckets of water to their homes to wash clothes. How do these families wash their clothes?
They use the very traditional method:
People who have no other option continue to wash clothes in rivers and streams. How do you think soap and bleach residues affect the rivers and streams? What do you think people (with little or no money) could do to lessen the negative impact on their environment’s water supplies?