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Could you live on just four liters of water a day?

Challenge aims to build solidarity with people with no clean water access

Could you live on just four liters of water a day?

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Kevin J. Jones for Catholic News Agency
United States

October 3, 2013

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A project encouraging Americans to live for a few days on the bare minimum of water will help them understand poverty and treat those without clean water as brothers, a water access advocate has said.

“If you really want to live in solidarity with the poor, if you want to build some awareness in yourself about this issue and about the importance of the water that you are so blessed to have access to, take the 4Liter Challenge,” said George McGraw, executive director of DigDeep Water.

“It’s not hard, but it’s incredibly life-changing.”

The 4Liter Challenge, a program of the Los Angeles-based DigDeep Water, is set to run from Oct. 14-21. It asks people to live for several days on four liters of water per day – only slightly more than one gallon; this is the minimum amount of clean water a person needs to survive.

The challenge aims to raise awareness about “water poverty,” the lack of clean water that many poor people face, both in the U.S. and around the world.

“There is, in my experience, no simpler or more profound challenge that can really change the way you look at something so quickly and so effectively,” McGraw told CNA Sept. 30.

“You’ll finish the 4Liter Challenge and you’ll wake up every day, and as soon as you turn on the tap you’ll be reminded of that experience.”

Participants in the challenge can sign up on an interactive site to share their experiences with friends and family and to collect donations to help others access water.

Full Story: Poverty challenge asks Americans to live on four liters of water a day 

Source: Catholic News Agency

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