This post is part of the Cleansui/TPF collaboration
It was just last week that I experienced one of the most annoying things ever; our main water supply being turned off. Now, it wasn’t just for an hour or two, it was for about five hours. And what made it even worse was that it happened early in the evening on not one occasion during the week, but TWO. Twice in one week.
Saying that I was annoyed is probably a little bit of an understatement.
But in this little frustrating time of my life on two occasions during the week, I got to appreciate the value of water. It may sound a little silly, but in all honesty, when you don’t have something, and something is taken away from you, you begin to appreciate its value.
On both occasions, I was not able to bath the children, cook pasta for dinner (which is often a staple in our house), boil the kettle, or drink water, things we normally do without any thought. We had some water in the fridge, thanks to our Cleansui jug, but it was kind of empty. Opps – I forgot to fill it up. So I had no water from the tap, no water in my jug, AND no water left over in the kettle. We were rationing our water.
When the water was gushing up from the burst water main on the street, my daughter was thinking it was the best thing ever. She wanted to get her gumboots on and go out jumping, or swimming in the water. But the water coming out was so dirty that I was thinking, how disgusting this water was and wondering to myself whether it was the same water that comes through my tap, and is then drunk by either myself or other family members? I cannot tell you the grime, dirt and filth that was being deposited all down our street. When my friend randomly dropped by, she couldn’t help but ask, “Is that dog poo all down your street?” No joke.
Now, although I was thinking at the time how awful this water was looking and praying for my water supply to be turned back on, I couldn’t help but wonder how grateful I am for having water available so easily. Being stuck rationing water, wondering whether one of us should make a quick dash to the supermarket or not to buy extra water, is not a life changing decision, just an annoying little silly one. But often, these annoying little silly questions that revolve around our mind every so often are the very ones that make us stop and realize how lucky we are to be asking such a silly question in the first place.
When it comes to water, I can‘t help but wonder about the many people in this world that struggle each day for this precious ingredient. For me, I want the cleanest water, not grime and muck. And yet, there are so many people and communities that struggle just to receive water for drinking, let alone for washing.
At times I feel rather indulgent and privileged.
Maybe having my water taken away and being at risk of it happening again, as there are no guarantees this pipe won’t crack again, is the one thing that makes the water I drink even more special. Maybe it is the purity of the water I drink that makes it something even more special, knowing about my broken pipe at the front of my yard and the communities around the world that have constant broken pipes and no pipes of water at all. Who knows? All I know is that water is special and one of those things that we may too often just expect. Because having no water totally sucks!
You can now experience the best pure water around thanks to Cleansui. One lucky reader will have the opportunity to win a Cleansui jug and water filter. All you have to do is pop on over to the Cleansui website and tell me:
What is the main difference between Cleansui and other brands?
This competetion is open to Australian residents only (sorry) and the winner will be drawn at random at 5pm on 23rd August. To get an extra entry, go to Cleansui’s Facebook page, and leave a little HELLO. Just let me know in the comments below if you have done this or not so you get that extra entry. Good luck
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