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The authors write that we can each become an integral force in water conservation. (Shutterstock)

Imagine embarking on a five-hour journey every morning, not to an exotic destination, but to your kitchen sink. Picture a 25-pound container, not filled with books for school, but with water that’s scarcely clean, strapped to your back. This is not a challenge from a survival reality show, instead the stark daily reality for 200 million women and girls worldwide. 

The walk for water defines their day, yet the only reward is a container of dirty water. In this day and age, where education is a basic right, 5 million girls are forced instead to carry water for their families.

As April 7-13 marks National Water Week, a dedicated time to spotlight water conservation, we’re reminded that the comfort of having clean water at our fingertips is a luxury beyond the reach of countless communities across the globe. In an era increasingly defined by the impacts of climate change and environmental challenges, the significance of National Water Week has escalated, transforming it into a pivotal moment for collective action and awareness.

National Water Week is not just another observance but a call to action in the face of a global water crisis. We need individuals and communities to come together for a singular cause: to safeguard and sustain our planet’s most vital resource.

By engaging in National Water Week initiatives, advocating for policies that ensure sustainable water management, and integrating water-saving practices into our daily lives, we can each become an integral force in water conservation.

In honor of Water Week, we have two upcoming local events for you to get involved in solving the global water crisis:

  1. Water1st’s Carry5 Walk for Water: Join us on May 5, 2024, for a 5k journey along Los Gatos Creek Trail in Campbell Park, from 3-5 pm. This walk in solidarity symbolizes the daily treks made by millions for water. Water1st is a global organization that builds pipes for community water infrastructure so that young girls no longer have to walk for water. Your participation and contributions are directly channeled into supporting Water1st’s life-changing projects, including recent initiatives that have provided clean water to over 15,650 people in Kenya, India, and other countries. Visit https://water1st.org/carry5/ to sign up.
  2. National River Cleanup Day: Volunteer with us on May 18, 2024, at Regnart Park, Cupertino, to clean our local creeks. See more details at www.cleanacreek.org and help make a tangible impact on our local water ecosystem.

This Water Week, let’s reflect on our water usage and extend our support to those without the luxury of clean water. Your contribution, whether through donations or volunteering, has the power to transform lives. Together, we can pivot the narrative, transitioning from imagining a day consumed by the pursuit of water to ensuring that nearby, clean water is a reality for all.

Aditya and Trisha Shivakumar are with the Bay Area Chapter of Water1st.org and attend Harker High School, in San Jose.

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