I'm the WaterSmurf. I belong to a nice club, the WISClub that joins people with a common interest, hardware hackers avoid wasting. (WIS means Wasting Is a Shame).
I live in a country in the southern-western Europe where water is not so abundant as in other Northern countries, so I feel sensibilized with the good usage of the water. That's because some of my projects are related to control the watering.
We should think that around 1.2 billion people (roughly a sixth of world population), today lacks access to drinkable water, and nearly 2.4 billion do not have adequate sanitation, which causes the death of 3 million people annually (6.000 children daily) from diseases resulting from contaminated water and the lack of hygiene and sanitation.
This serious situation has led the United Nations to declare 2003 as International Fresh Water Year.
There is a scarcity of fresh water on Earth. While some 70% of the suface consists on water, only 2.5% of it is fresh water, and of the fresh water,70% is frozen in the polar areas.
How can we help?. Besides other direct activities that everyone can carry depending on his/her disponibility and resources, what everybody can do is avoid wasting.
People in western societies should know that a single home cistern uses the same amount of water as that employed by a Third World resident for washing, drinking and cooking for a whole day.
Look for the new WaterSmurf projects site shorthly
update ... December 30th, 2003