As Americans living in a first-world country, we take many things for granted – including access to clean fresh drinking water on a regular basis.
That isn’t the case in other countries, especially two countries that were the basis of the Soundings event “Pure Water for The World.”
Those countries were Haiti and Honduras, where the average person uses only 15 gallons of water a day, which seems like a lot until you compare that to us here in America
The average American uses roughly 151 gallons of water a day. That disparity was pointed out by presenter Carolyn Meub, who was representing the organization Pure Water for the World.
Those numbers had the audience of about 100 people talking.
“We feel that water is abundant here in the United States,” said Meub, adding that we just expect to be able to just turn on a tap and having access to water.
There was also a water quiz, which was true or false. Question one was “The world has the same amount of water it always has had?”
The answer is true, and that was a point reiterated by Castleton professor Robert Wuagneux, who did the introduction for the event.
“The earth has the water it is ever going to get right now,” he said.
Another big message throughout the evening is that you do not need to be rich to make a difference, as demonstrated by the group itself.
Pure Water was founded in 1994 by a dentist form Brattleboro, Vt. who went to visit a village in El Salvador and decided to help the people there by getting them fresh water, according to the foundation’s website.
That message resonated with students at the event.
“You don’t have to be a millionaire to go out and help people,” said student Jacob Woodward.