The house is full of company and the water pump just broke

We were first reminded of the importance of water last summer. Paige, our diligent Director of Operations, had a water pump break.

Imagine this: she and her husband were hosting weekend guests and had just finished a multi-course dinner. The hot kitchen was full of dirty dishes, pots and pans. . .

By the time the water came back on 2 days later, the kitchen was a festering biohazard, the houseguests had gone home to take advantage of their working showers, and Paige was worn out from lugging home containers of water from a friend’s house.

Flash forward a few weeks, when Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc on the Eastern coastline.

The office lost power for nearly a week, with almost the entire staff in similar straits.

Now, out here, many of us live on well water. This means that when the power goes out, our water also goes out.

Firehouses gave out drinking water, and in the heat of August we all longed for the luxury of daily showers.

Seven weeks later…and Storm Alfred again knocks out power. This time, most of our staff didn’t get their power or water back for 10 days.

Again, the local firehouses set up water stations. And while getting water was inconvenient, we were thankful that it was available.

With these multiple water outages in the past few months, water has been on my mind. It has been on many of our minds here at the office – which is why Charity: Water was the overwhelming choice when deciding who we wanted to receive half of what we take in during this year’s Holiday Package.

We had only a small and partial taste of what it is like to go without accessible water.

Girls carrying water in India

What must it be like for families who have to walk miles each way to find safe, drinkable water? It becomes a full-time job for those (usually younger girls) making this frequent water trek.

These journeys are often quite dangerous and can keep young women out of school as they focus on this basic need for survival.

The bottom line is: water is essential for life. That’s why this year we’re excited to contribute to the effort to make water accessible to everyone.

When you buy the Holiday Package, NICABM will donate 50% of the proceeds to Charity: Water so that more families and communities will be able to count on their water supply.

And you’ll be getting a big savings. Please click here to take a look. It’s chock-full of ideas you can put into your practice this year.

It’s for a limited time only.

If you read my last blog, you already saw this video. But, I wanted as many people as possible to get a chance to see it, so we’re including it again. Do you have your own water tale? Please leave a comment below.


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  1. Paul says:

    Most Americans don’t boil our water unless there is a water main break, flood or pluibc announcement by the government. Our water supplier is supposed to notify us if our water doesn’t meet EPA or state standards or if there is a waterborne disease emergency. If we know all the contaminants in our water these days, we should take more precaution. Yeah, I agree, purifier + boiling is the best way to go! (I heard boiling alone doesn’t get rid of all the chemicals and metals in tap water)exile

  2. Hi Kate, Before resetting the power was the yellow light on? Was the green light on?

  3. This is so timely. I recently became aware of the process of “fracking” and how it can damage and pollute our water supply for the sake of natural gas drilling. I urge people to check it out. We need to protect our water supply.

    • Jorsh says:

      I was expecting etxcaly this only. The reason is simplePeople vote for DMK because of the following reasons1. They like Kalaignar personally2. They are government Servants (with exceptions)3. They like one of the alliance4. They don’t like JayalalithaPeople vote for ADMK because of the following reasons1. They like MGR2. They belong to / like one of the alliance3. They belong to Sasikala’s community (with exceptions)4. They belong to Jayalalitha’s community (with exceptions)5. They don’t like Kalignar’s Dravidian Policies (but they will tell family politics or sarkaria commission as reason) (This is similar to Category 4)6. They don’t like DMK’s other policiesNow When Vijayakanth has started the party, he is likely to get 1. Category 4 from the DMK Voters2. Category 6 from the ADMK Voters (not 4 or 5 !!!)But what happened is Vijayakanth was openly against DMK and very rarely did he question ADMKSo what happened was that All those who don’t like DMK voted for him . He got only Category 6 from ADMK Voters. He got very little support from the Category 4 of DMK Voters because he was more anti-DMK than anti-ADMKThis he eroded the ADMK vote bank more than the DMK Vote Bank in the Assembly elections. In the present Local body polls the erosion of DMK vote bank was very minimal but ADMK lost considerably.Another factor is that Vijayakanth’s Fan Clubs are always seen in the villages where you see MDMK Flag. (It is very easy to guess which fan club will be there based on the flag or statue in our villages If it is MDMK Flag , it is Vijayakanth If it is the statue of Kamarajar, it will be Sarath kumar or Ramarajan along with Athithanar NaRpani manRam if it is the statue of Pasumpon Thevar it will be Karthik Fan Club)Thus Vijayakanth eroded both ADMK votes as well as MDMK’s (Telugu) votes

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  4. Jo says:

    I watched this movie last night and with great hope for a New Year this could be a pivotal process in balancing the disparities of many things in this world. It is so thought provoking I feel in that we can all take responsibility for blessing water and helping to create a better more alive planet.

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