Project Alicia

Monday, July 06, 2009

DAY 187

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"Children of a culture born in a water-rich environment, we have never really learned how important water is to us. We understand it, but we do not respect it." -William Ashworth

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Today as the children were having fun on the slip n slide I couldn't help but think how blessed we are to have clean water at our disposal. One year ago June 13th when all but one of the pumps flooded in Cedar Rapids we had a shortage of water. The city has an underground well system that supplies water to it's residents. For the first time in my life I had a taste of what it would be like to not have water available to me and it was scary. Water was rationed for about 6 days. For two days each household was allowed a gallon of water, which isn't enough to flush a toilet. The city borrrowed water from surrounding small towns and then after a couple days they were able to get a pump restored. Subsequently we were on an alternating water schedule for 4 days. On even days we were able to do a load of dishes and laundry. Luckily the flood water didn't linger, but it was in that week that I gained a renewed repect for clean tap water. I realized just how important water is and how often we use it- laundry, dishes, handwashing, toilets, bathing, drinking, etc. It's amazing to me how quickly it could all be taken away and yet how much it's taken for granted. It sustains life. Without it we wouldn't last long. The flood is over, but the city still bares many scars. I'm thankful for the opportunity I've had to learn invaluable lessons in the face of this disaster to be better prepared should disaster strike again.

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