This might be hard to believe, but did you know that nearly 800 million people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water? Just as bad, over 2.5 billion people or 35% of the world’s population live without access to modern sanitation. If you are reading this, most likely you are not in either of these groups. You have plenty of clean water for drinking, taking a shower, and flushing your toilet. However, it is also likely that you take all of this for granted because water is “always there.” So, this week, let’s BE WATER WISE. When it comes to water, there is a new term, coined by Cape Town, South Africa. The term is “Day Zero,” meaning the day their water “runs out;” and they have been close to hitting Day Zero for several months now. Cape Town is a modern metropolitan city, not a developing town or small, rural community. However, Cape Town has also suffered years of drought, much like many parts of the world and even the United States. In other words, Day Zero is a term we all need to mindful of. Just try to imagine that the water in your glass is all you can drink for today or that there’s no water for your shower this week. Not a nice thought. It’s time to appreciate how every drop of water matters. Please be water wise.

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