Wells Bring Hope Seven Gallon Challenge What: For one day, attempt to limit water usage to seven gallons of water a day, which is a high estimate of how much the average rural African uses in a day. For every gallon over seven that you use, donate $1 to Wells Bring Hope. Film yourself sharing the results of the challenge. At the end of the video, call on a friend or two to take the challenge too. Post the video to social media using the hashtag #7gallon challenge. Don't forget to tag the friends that you challenged! Why: By limiting daily water use and documenting the experience, both participants and the people they share their experiences with will learn how little seven gallons of water actually is, and they’ll be more of aware of the massive amounts of water Western countries consume on a daily basis. By sharing the experience of participating in the challenge and calling on others to take it as well, we can raise awareness of the global water crisis and what Wells Bring Hope is doing to save lives with safe water. Tips: • From the second you wake up, carry a journal/paper with you so that you can write down all water consumption. • Also, write down any thoughts/feelings you have during the day about the challenge so you can share them later! • Do not forget to drink water! It is vital to your health to drink at least a half gallon of water everyday, especially if you are doing any physical activity. Water usage for common activities: Activity Water Usage Tips Toilets 2 gallons/flush Use toilets without automatic flushes. Flush as few times as possible. Bath 36 gallons on average Don’t take a bath! Showers 3 gallons/min Take short showers! Take a navy shower: use water to get wet, then turn the water off while cleaning hair or shaving, turn on to rinse. Brushing Older faucets can use up to 5 Turn off water while brushing. Teeth/Washing gallons/min Get your hands wet, then turn water off while Hands lathering. Rinse as quickly as possible. Washing 14-24 gallons/wash Most clothes can be worn multiple times Machines without smelling bad! Dish Washing 8-27 gallons Lower water use here by soaking dishes in by Hand Varies greatly, depending on soapy water before starting and not letting the how efficiently you wash water run while you clean. Another effective dishes. Newer kitchen faucets method is having two basins of water--one use around 2 gallons per with hot, soapy water and the other with warm minute. water to rinse. Dishwasher Energy Star rated – 4 gallons In most cases dishes do not need to be rinsed Other models – 6 gallons before being added to the dishwasher. Drinking ½ gallon per day Fill a water bottle in the morning and keep track of how often you refill. Don’t forget to count the water used for tea and coffee!