Rising Voices Bloggers On Blog Action Day 2010

Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world's bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day. The aim is to raise awareness and trigger a global discussion around an important issue that impacts us all. This year's theme is ‘water’.

Some participants/facilitators of the Rising Voices grantee organizations have also participated in this event. Let us look at some of their efforts.

Juliana Rincon from Hiperbarrio, Colombia writes [es] about spending too much water on washing clothes and bathing because of daily workouts at a Gym:

Obviously spending a LOT of water. Because even when filling the tank to a minimum I have to look for more clothes to wash, just because there are 3 rags floating in the water. So today I put my hand on the heart and the other in my pocket and went to buy more clothes for workouts. [..]

Moreover, multiple showers in the day also are pushing up and raising the water meter. So I've decided to give up my habits and [..] I bathe once a day, after exercise. [..]

Because if it is so easy to save water, there can be nothing more I need. (machine translation)

Water Scarcity in the Southern Parts Of Madagascar. Image courtesy Ariniania

Ariniaina from Foko Madagascar writes about an innovative method to purify water:

I heard that in the Southern part of Madagascar, people really suffer from lack of water. This zone is dry. People have to walk for kilometers to find water which is not even clean. Some people had even the idea to market clean water at a very high price.

One of my friend shared a simple method to disinfect water during our English Club meeting. I believe it can be a good idea to share it here today. The method is called SODIS (Solar water disinfection).

Avylavitra from Foko Madagascar talks about protecting water resources and the importance of distribution of safe drinking water:

Water is very, very expensive. Plus, the South part of Madagascar is suffering of lack of water. They must buy water far away of their house, and then bring it back home on a cart pulled by donkeys.

Therefore, moderate use of water is needed, we shouldn’t waste water, and should keep it drinking.

* The “Re-use of wastewater to water the rice fields, after filtering it successively with charcoal and sand “.

* There is no latrine, or better toilets. In the case of Southern area of Madagascar, they suffer of the lack of water. They need to buy water brought to them by car, or cart pulled by donkeys because there is no local water source. There’s mostly desert.

What attitude to adopt to avoid this kind of pollution? Image courtesy Avylavitra

Cristina Quisbert from Voces Volivianas, Bolivia writes:

“There will be no water from 13:00 am to 20:00 …” read the statement the local water company in La Paz in March 2008. The reason was that maintenance should be done after the pipeline of the Hampaturi Plant borke, which provides drinking water to the south, east and south east of La Paz.

Andez mountains. Image courtesy CristinaI remember that for three weeks, 25 districts of the (La Paz) city had no regular water supply. Several high water tanks were located in these areas. However, receiving water in this way involved an additional problem for these families, carrying water in buckets, cans, etc.. [..]

This difficulty still persists and several families still are unable to have drinking water at home, not only in La Paz, but also in other cities in Bolivia. This is because the sources of water formed by melting of the mountains as in the case of Hampaturi are disappearing, and at any time they will be unable to supply the growing population of El Alto and La Paz. (machine translation)

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