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If you are concerned about the safety of your tap water, use a water filter. A quality filter can be bought for around $40 and will give you water at least as good as the water you get in bottles. You will save money in the long run. You will reduce the use of plastic. And most importantly, you will be resisting the privatization of water, which is making it into a commodity available only to those who can pay.
Download this Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) handout (PDF) about how ordinary people in South Africa are taking action to defend the human right to water. Listen. Reflect. Act. Give out or email copies to your friends and colleagues. Then
ask your senators and representatives to support appropriations for the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act (PDF). Insist that
funding from the United States supports water access for low-income communities.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee suggests these questions:
Participate in Inside the Bottle, which maps the location of bottling plants. When water bottling companies establish a plant in a community they take not only water from the regions aquifers or municipal water utilities, but often they receive massive subsidies and tax exemptions.
Host a Water Justice Film Festival!
Show the videos "Thirst" and "It's Our Water, Dam It" to your congregation or community group. Contact the UUSC to borrow copies. See other suggestions on films to show.
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Last updated on Friday, August 19, 2011.
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