FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I participate?

You can participate in several ways! The simplest ways are to join the Facebook group and event pages and follow the challenge blog at https://waterconservationchallenge.wordpress.com. The best ways however are to do the challenge yourself and take pledges from your friends, family, colleagues and people in your community to reduce their own water use or if taking the challenge is too difficult than find someone who is taking the challenge and pledge to reduce your water use. Or you can do this by contacting Kevin at water_challenge@yahoo.com

How much is 25 litres?

25 litres is roughly one cubic foot. A little more than you would find in the tank of a really old toilet or how much water you would get out of your kitchen faucet running it full blast for about two and a half minutes. It’s not all that much.

How can I measure out 25 litres?

There are a few ways you can do this. If you have access to a large enclosed container such as a sport sized water jug, this is probably the best. If this is not available than you can keep track of your use by using only water bottle or you can purchase water jugs of 25 or 30 litres sizes at most camping stores for a  reasonable price.

What should I include in my 25 litres?

Everything! Your allotment of 25 litres should include drinking water, cooking water, water for flushing your toilet, doing laundry cleaning dishes, washing your hands and face, water plants etc. What this will not include is water used in the production of your food or other objects you must purchase throughout the month.  The goal of this challenge is to promote water conservation in all of our daily lives, water use that we have complete control over.H

How the heck do I do this?!?!

Just be extra conscious of your water consumption and use it as sparingly as possible. See the How-To-Guide for some tips and tricksto help you along the way.

How do I do laundry?

There is a handy washing machine you can purchase that uses no electricity and very little water called the Wonder Wash or you can do laundry by hand. Washing laundry by hand can be done is a couple of ways. Here (coming soon) is a video of how you can wash your clothes with a brush or you can also use a washboar (if you can find one). Using a front loading washing machine is a very efficient way of doing laundry but unless you can collect the water to reuse in your toilet, this may use too much water.

What is the hardest part?

This will likely be different for everyone! The first time for me it was doing laundry by hand but for the first week just remembering to not use water from the tap was tough. Being conscious of your water use will not be easy at the beginning but this will later become habit and it is this awareness that will carry over to the rest of your life. Being mobile can be difficult and you may have to formulate your own strategies for when you use a toilet and where.

Where are participants coming from?

Participants in the Water Conservation Challenge are coming from all over the world! The goal is to have participants from five or more countries and from ten or more major North American cities.

How can I find resources in my community?

Your local water and waste company can be helpful with statistics about water use in your area as well as with tips on how to conserve water. Many community environmental agencies, especially in larger centres, have their own water conservation campaigns and sometimes staff members focused on water issues. See the links page (coming soon)  for organizations near you.

How can I promote this in the media?

Promoting the challenge in the media is one of the most important tasks for participants as this is how we will reach the largest number of people.  The key to this is to contact everyone possible in your community from all types of media. Television seems to have the largest impact as it reaches the most people and gives a visual representation of what the Challenge is all about. Make up a press release (or  use the Press Release Template) of no more than three paragraphs and send it out via fax, email, snail mail or even call it into a tips line. I found it beneficial to have a recognizable organization providing support (in my case UNICEF) to provide your campaign with some legitimacy.

What else can I do to get the message out?

Be creative! If you have the time, offer yourself out to giving presentations to schools or social clubs. Print up some flyers (on recycled paper of course) and drop them off at coffee shops and with like-minded organziations. There are lots of things you can do and I am looking forward to hearing what you all have come up with!

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