DID YOU KNOW? The average U.S. family uses about 300 gallons of water per day!
Water proved crucial for all of us last week, during the freeze. We’re usually able to take fresh, safe, running water for granted -- but what we experienced when water supplies froze and became unsafe is closer to the daily effort many people associate with water, all the time!
Do you think your household uses more or less than the average 300 gallons/ day? Make an estimate or have your children guess, before you take a water bill and divide the monthly total by the number of days.
In many places Week of Compassion is working, families have to walk more than 3 miles, carrying every gallon, to retrieve water. Each gallon weighs 8.5 pounds.
How many pounds could you carry for 3 miles at a time? If you had a backpack? Could you manage 17 lbs (or 2 gallons)? 25?
Once you make your best guess, calculate how many trips you’d need to cover your own family’s daily usage. It’s bound to be staggering! Consider putting aside money for your WOC offering, based on that number. You could make it a nickle a trip, a dime, or even a quarter.