The Case for Clean Water – Blog Action Day 2010

by Naomi on October 15, 2010

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Don’t spill, you’ll waste it! Precious drops sink into the hot sand as I mentally admonish myself, pouring water from a 25l canister into a basin. It’s time to wash my hair and there’s not a chance the shower will do it. A scant spray at best, I’d hog our whole supply that way. This is the Central Kalahari Desert and water is scarce, so we’ve brought all our own. Along with a potent reminder not to take things for granted. Such as the basic essential that we’re blessed to have on tap back at home. Like countless other people, but unlike almost a billion around the globe. Here are a few pics to set the Kalahari scene:

WARWICK & CHRIS engrossed in filming . . .

LIONESS on the prowl - Central Kalahari, Botswana

STORM BREWING - Central Kalahari, Botswana

It’s Blog Action Day today, which means that thousands of us are posting about Clean Water, this year’s extremely worthy topic. Accordingly, today offers the perfect opportunity to say THANK YOU, and for that matter, in writing. Having recently visited Lesotho, Dave and I witnessed women carrying water from rivers to their rural dwellings, high on hillsides. Back-breaking work, to be repeated in endless cycles. Our Blog Action Day team have provided significant insights into the world’s water crisis, including the statistic that “African women walk over 40 billion hours each year carrying cisterns weighing up to 18 kilograms to gather water, which is still usually not safe to drink.”

WOMEN CARRYING WATER - Lesotho, Southern Africa

The Lesotho rivers appear clean and likely are, fed from the majestic Maluti mountains. But we can’t be sure, nor of the mineral make-up of the water. Jason Green from Protector Treatment Systems drew my attention yesterday to their revolutionary solution that removes “contaminants such as silt, colloidal particles, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, cysts, metals, fluoride and arsenic” and can “be powered and operated by children”. His business partner, George Rose, is quoted in their press release as saying: “I’ve seen people in Africa with skeletal fluorosis who can barely walk due to the mineral content of their water supply.” To read more, also of the pilot project in Kenya, visit

This is just one example of the positive effort being applied to this issue internationally. Big up to the whole Blog Action Day crew for their part in it too. They offer a simple way for us to contribute, by signing their petition to “Stand for an International Water Treaty to Provide Clean Water Everywhere”. You can do that here: Sign Petition. Good for them also for making us mindful. Last week I blogged about teaching our puppies to swim, without a passing mention of the privilege of a pool. I won’t wait for our next trip to the Kalahari to say THANK YOU again, with sincere appreciation for an abundance of Clean Water.

Finally, speaking of Botswana, water and lions, here’s a pic of the thirsty cats that we found in a shower (from my post: Taking a shower on the Wild Side…together with Lions!) :

LIONS IN SHOWER - Mabuasehube Game Reserve, Botswana

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy October 15, 2010 at 8:13 am

Brilliant post, Naomi.
One reason I’m not an outdoorsy/camping girl is that I miss my wallow in the bath too much.
Have a super weekend!


Naomi October 15, 2010 at 9:13 am

Thanks, Cindy. Right about the bathing πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t choose camping for its own sake. What makes it for me is the experience of being truly out in the wild – no fences, no nothing. That holds a profoundly elemental pull.

Enjoy your weekend too!


souldipper October 15, 2010 at 8:41 am

A great presentation, Naomi. Beautiful as well as informative. Thanks for bringing this opportunity to our attention. Water is so precious and taken for granted by many of us in countries like Canada. When we have a power outage on our island, we suddenly have no water. Its preciousness comes to the fore. Some of our city friends who must have a manicured lawn or their neighbours would revolt cannot believe how happy we are to let our lawns turn brown in the summer. No watering, no mowing. And the earth is happy.


Naomi October 15, 2010 at 9:19 am

Thank you for such a lovely comment, Amy, and you’re most welcome…I’ll be over soon to see your post πŸ™‚


Amanda Moore October 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm

This is a lovely post. I envy you being in Bots. The Kgalagadi is beautiful part of God’s land. Only thing is, I really love my morning shower, something I miss in the bush, big time!!
The pics are wonderful πŸ™‚


Naomi October 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Thanks so much for your kind comment, Amanda. Lovely to discover your great site too πŸ™‚

Isn’t it just a stunning place? On more recent trips we’ve spoilt ourselves with an off-road caravan – gas, hot & cold mixer taps with a lovely shower-head – total luxury, except for the little detail of still conserving the water!


Lance October 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I LOVE the message you are sharing here – and even more so – because you are in a place that see this daily – a lack of good, clean water. It makes me think more deeply about this – YOU, being out there amongst this…seeing it…

Naomi, thank you so much for the good you shine out into the world. You are a beautiful gift to this world…


Naomi October 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Thanks a million, Lance. That means a lot, coming from a light like yourself πŸ™‚


Tammy McLeod October 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Naomi, this is an amazing post and as always, amazing photos. I love the examples that you’re using as you are seeing the real need first hand.


Naomi October 15, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Thank you, Tammy. I so enjoyed your post too, with such practical tips – I’ve just emptied a discarded glass of water into a pot plant πŸ™‚


Heart October 15, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Thanks Naomi, for those amazing pictures and the writeup! After reading Amy’s post today, I was about to write what I witnessed in India while growing up, and now I am even more inspired about what you tell us your experience was working in the Kalahari desert!! I am not sure if I will ever be able to visit these places.. so, it is very exciting to see the magnificient animals/visuals through your pictures πŸ™‚
Thanks for sharing!


Naomi October 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

How wonderful to hear that, thank you, Rachana. It’s always a pleasure to share pics of our wildlife πŸ™‚ I look forward to reading your post!


nrhatch October 15, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Water . . . worth savoring.

Thanks, Naomi.


Naomi October 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm

For sure, Nancy πŸ™‚ Loved your post and thanks so much for including a link to this one!


kateshrewsday October 15, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Naomi, I’m off to share your site with as many people as I can. For us, so far away from Africa, someone who can show first hand what it is like is just gold dust. Your references are far-reaching and there is so much to explore here. But for me, my favourite will always be your stunning photography. It draws us in, thousands of miles away from you, to think about why water is so very important.

Thanks so much πŸ™‚


Naomi October 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm

How wonderful of you, Kate – thank you sincerely for such a lovely comment πŸ™‚ I really appreciate it and so enjoyed your post about this too!


Sandra Lee October 15, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Naomi, Thanks for these gorgeous photos and glimpse into African wildlife. Loved your article for Blog Action Day.


Naomi October 17, 2010 at 12:38 pm

How fabulous of you to stop by and leave such a kind comment, Sandra – thank you!

It’s a delight to discover your beautiful blog and great post on this topic. I love the focus of your site, and its presentation, so have straight away subscribed πŸ™‚


Brett October 16, 2010 at 12:30 am

Naomi, you are the best of the best! I love this post and it is one of my absolute favourites. I wish to bow my head to you and your’s…

Bravo Ms. …


Naomi October 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Thank you, Brett – and Bravo to you too on a brilliant post about this topic! So beautifully crafted, and thanks a ton for including a link to this one πŸ™‚


buttercup600 October 16, 2010 at 4:00 am

Amazing post…I am with Cindy on this one…hope you have a spectacular weekend my friend xxx


Naomi October 17, 2010 at 11:59 am

Thanks a ton, Amanda πŸ™‚ I’m really enjoying the weekend and hope you are too! xo


Tokeloshe October 17, 2010 at 12:04 am

Very well done!
Excellent post and photos.


Naomi October 17, 2010 at 11:58 am

Thank you, Tok – appreciate it and enjoyed yours too πŸ™‚


Jingle October 19, 2010 at 5:45 am

amazing talent.


Naomi October 19, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Thanks so much, Jingle, much appreciated!


Jingle October 19, 2010 at 5:46 am

please help pay a visit to riika and leo today to wish them well..
Thanks a ton.
u rock!
Happy Monday!


Naomi October 19, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Thank you and so do you, Jingle!!


Jamie Dedes November 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm

This is kind and beautiful. Our world wide water issues are growing and sad. I know there a places too where the water is so filthy that people get sick from bathing in it, not just drinking it. Too horrible. Thanks for posting this. Good job!


Naomi November 5, 2010 at 7:59 am

Goodness, I hadn’t heard of that, thanks Jamie. It boggles the mind sometimes…


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