I'm always amazed by the amount of water wasted by the majority of Libyans. Especially since they live in a country that has a serious water situation. I watch my neighbours sloshing bucket upon bucket of water to clean their balconies on a daily basis. If you look at the balconies of many homes you can see water damage caused by the amount of water that's used! Same for washing the floors and carpets. It seems the more water they use the better they feel. Is this really necessary?
We have water now, thanks to the Great Man-Made River project. But it's not expected to last forever... and then what? I remember my life here in the 90s. The water would turn on in the late afternoon and trickle out of the tap for about 45 minutes. Then there would be the mad dash when I would fill every bucket and container in my house with water before the water stopped for the day. And that water wasn't fit to drink - it was brackish and salty. We could only use it for cleaning and flushing the toilets. I quickly learned that it would take 5 litres of water to give a baby a bath and 10 litres for an adult. We saved the dirty bath water to use for flushing the toilet. Have you ever washed your hair with salt water? Everyday was a bad hair day! Washing the dishes was a project all by itself. I don't want those days to return to Libya.... No, not ever!
But this isn't an issue for just Libya. It's a global problem. Blue Planet Run has a FREE BOOK you can download as well as interesting articles and videos related to the water crisis that our planet is facing. Take some time to have a look and find out more.
And the next time you turn on the tap... take a moment to think. Water is Life!