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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, an opinion piece

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ALS Association

I'm more than a little tired of people whining and complaining about the ALS Ice Bucket challenge.
If you don't want to participate, don't.
If you don't want to watch a video, don't.
If you don't have anything nice to say, don't.

ALS is a disease that research has been underfunded and which awareness of, outside those with friends or families afflicted, has been limited.
The ice bucket challenge has increased awareness and donations have increased and continues to climb, over 70 million more dollars raised than last year to help fight this devastating and extremely painful disease.

Now I'm all for water conservation which is why I have a rain barrel that I use to collect rainwater to water my plants and why I do many others things to conserve water.
My question, for those people who take issue with people wasting water toward research for ALS is what do you do to conserve water, besides complain about others?

If you you're brushing your teeth with the water on, or shaving with the water on, or taking long showers, or frequent baths (use more water than a shower) you're wasting water.

If you're washing your car at a carwash or at home with the hose instead of washing your car in the rain you're wasting water. I'm serious,why waste good drinking water on your car? Put your swim suit on and wash it in the rain.

If you use a dishwasher, most common dishwashers can use about 6-7 gallons of water for every load, you're wasting water.
If you run your dishwasher without a full load, you're wasting water.

If you buy from Starbucks, you’re wasting water.
They used "dipping wells” a continuous stream of running water.
They were called out for wasting over 6 million gallons of water per day. While they now claim to have decreased their water wastage by about 21.6%, via a push button system that turns on the water, an enormous amount, 4,704,000 gallons are still wasted every day.

If you're not following; If Its Yellow, Let it Mellow. If Its Brown, Flush it Down
You're wasting water. ~ It takes 1.6 gallons of water (and that's the newer more efficient toilets, if yours is older it takes 2-3 times as much) to flush a mere 10 ounces of urine, rendering perfectly good water undrinkable. Since the average persons urinates around six times per day, that means the every individual who flushes after every trip to the bathroom wastes about 2,774 gallons of water yearly.

If you water your lawn, you're wasting water.
Xeriscaping, it's a cool word and even better practice.

If you have or use a swimming pool, you're wasting water.
Conservative estimates are that 30% of pools have leaks in them, many of which go unnoticed due to the automatic refilling mechanism installed on most pools.
In addition, in hotter environments a 400 square-foot surface pool can lose over 2,500 gallons of water in one month.

If you buy new jeans, you're wasting water.
According to the EPA, it takes 2,900 gallons of water to produce just one pair of jeans.

I could go but I'll stop here and just say, if you're really concerned about conserving water the Ice Bucket Challenge is just a drop in bucket, so to speak, and even then, a very small drop, the real culprits are out there, maybe at your house or your local Starbucks.

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