Water, a necessity of life and yet we take it for granted.

Ever since I was in Barcelona, Spain in 1992, I have thought about my water consumption. In a country like Spain water is a precious resource and they do all they can to use it wisely. At the residence where I stayed in Spain, there was a sign over the toilet that read: “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down!” That’s how serious water conservation was.

In preparation for going to Thailand, water has been weighing on my mind, especially since I work for a concrete company. We use a lot of water every day, on Friday alone I used over 5000 litres of water just for making concrete. That’s not to mention the water that I used to drink and wash my truck. All of that water was clean, clear drinking water.

At home is no different, we use water for our toilets, baths, showers, and cooking. Per capita each Canadian uses 350 litres of water per day. That’s nine times more water the in the United Kingdom. The sad fact is that 80% of the water we use is literally flushed down the drain.

Water in Thailand is no different. The the major cities water is available through the municipal systems, and can be used for washing, but generally not for drinking. Bottled water is the norm. This is not true for rural Thailand. In rural Thailand access to clean, healthy drinking water is not the norm. Water is accessed differently in different areas, for instance through wells reservoirs and other means.

In Thailand Simone and I will have the ability to help install and maintain water purifications systems for migrant schools. These water systems will help hundreds of students have access to clean, healthy drinking water.

What are they drinking now? Some of the schools have access to municipal water, but that water is not clean as it is in Canada. Because of the poor water quality, schools are forced to buy water to use for cooking and drinking. Buying water can cost as much as $300 per month for one school.

Thanks to Imagine Thailand these migrant schools will have the ability to provide clean water to the students and also have the possibility to sell some of that water to adjacent villages. Over and above the clean water for students the money save by not having to buy water, the migrant schools will be able to pay another teacher, or buy extra supplies or food for the students.

Were looking forward to being able to practically help the migrant schools provide clean water to the school children and to the others in the surrounding area.