“IT IS EVERY MAN'S OBLIGATION TO PUT BACK INTO THE WORLD ATLEAST THE EQUIVELENT OF WHAT HE TAKES OUT OF IT.”
WHY CARE ABOUT WATER, WE HAVE PLENTY, RIGHT?
Wrong. Water makes up about 70% of the world’s surface but freshwater—the stuff we drink, bathe in, irrigate our farm fields with—is incredibly rare. Only 3% of the world’s water is fresh water, and two-thirds of that is tucked away in frozen glaciers or otherwise unavailable for our use.
1 in 10 people don’t have access to clean and safe water. In Africa alone, more than one third of the population lack access to safe drinking water and almost one third in China! And by the year 2040 there will not be enough water in the world to quench the thirst of the world population.
Turning water into wine
According to www.waterfootprint.org (water footprint measures the amount of water used to produce each of the goods and services we use), it takes 960 litres of water to produce one litre of wine (for comparison – it takes 2400 litres of water to produce a hamburger).
Water usage is of course high during the harvest of the grape but we forget that water is used in the production process also (on average it takes six gallons of water in the cellar to make a gallon of wine – think, barrel-washing, tank cleaning etc.). If we look inside the bottle, wine is made up of 85% of water. So perhaps, turning water into wine wasn’t quite the miracle after all.
In the UK alone, the equivalent of 3.1bn glasses of wine are poured away each year (so call it 3bn glasses of safe drinking water) or for the swimmers amongst us, 333 Olympic sized swimming pools worth of wine per year!
Turning wine into water and supporting WaterAid
Bowl Grabber is proud to support WaterAid as its chosen charity (you can find out more at www.wateraid.org) and to help their important work in tackling the global water crisis and mission to provide safe water to the 785 million people who currently do not have access to clean water.
Bowl Grabber will play its part
Bowl Grabber has committed to sponsor, with the support of WaterAid, an equivalent of at least 5 new water wells each year (we will do more as our business, hopefully, grows) and will share our stories on our blog.
Actions speak louder than donations, so we will also raise funds by taking part in the 2020 Swim Marathon (a whopping 26 miles!) in support of WaterAid. To find out more, check it out.