Red River College is participating in water-bottle free day this week. Plastic water bottles create more waste, cost more, and travel farther. They’re just not good for the environment. To help reduce the amount of water bottles used, RRC has water bottle filling stations all around its campuses, so it’s easy for students and staff to use their own reusable bottles. Plus, here in Winnipeg, tap water is safe to drink. The city tests the water supply 70% more than it’s required to. I know, we had a boil water advisory this year (see posts from the end of January), but that was a false positive.
If you are around RRC this week, stop by and take the water challenge to see if you can taste the difference between bottled water and tap water. The challenge is happening on March 18 at The Roblin Centre Atrium and March 19 at the Notre Dame Campus bookstore.
Here’s some of RRC water bottle facts:
On average a 500 ml. bottle of water costs two dollars – coming from the tap, it is less than one cent!
It takes 3 litres of water to produce one litre of bottled water.
Bottled water travels an average 2,000 km to get to you.
Water from Shoal Lake (Winnipeg’s water source) travels 276 km.
I was scrolling through Twitter this morning and came across this challenge. Asian Development Bank is challenging people to drink #JustWater for the ADB No Impact Week (March 1 – 5). Five days of just drinking water. When I came across this I was already drinking my morning tea, but I decided I would take part. So after this cup of tea is finish it is just water for me for the week.
Taking part is easy. You don’t need to fill out a form or tell anyone really, you just stop drinking anything that isn’t water. Of course, spreading the world about this challenge would be nice – the more water we drink, the less demand we put on producing other beverages and therefore we waste less water. And wasting less water is good for everyone.
If you want you can also enter ADB’s contest. Take a picture of how you’re taking part in this challenge, #Justwater, and post it on Facebook or Twitter. For full details, check out ABD’s Facebook posts.
Did you know choosing a salad over a burger is not just good for your health, it also saves water? Our high meaty diets, means more water is used to raise livestock and produce that nice 8 oz steak. Check out this video from GOOD and see what other ways YOU can reduce the amount of water you use/consume in a day.
A great video from GOOD displaying the world water crisis and how affordable creating clean water can be. Sometimes you just need to see it to understand it. If you would like to help us bring clean drinking water to people in need, donate to Winnipeg for Water and CPAR today.
I found this video this evening. It explains the current world water crisis and what may happen if we don’t start taking care of the world’s limited fresh water supply.
Congratulations to Rose, who won our #walkforwater giveaway. One of our lovely volunteers caught this great photo of Rose and Brett during the walk on Sunday.
Rose and Brett running down the Chief Peguis Greenway for water. Photo by Maddi Pickerl
Thank you to everyone who came out yesterday for the first Winnipeg for Water 6k. It was cold – as was expected for mid-February – but everyone bundled up and we raised $2800. This brings Kildonan-East Collegiate only $2000 away from funding a fourth rainwater harvesting system.
Walkers leave the start line at the North Kildonan Community Centre
Race kit pickup is now until 8 pm at the Regent Ave Running Room. We have registration forms too, in case you haven’t signed up yet.
Plus the Running Room has a bunch of great clothes to keep you warm during the walk on Sunday. This is really a one-stop-shop today.
Our walk is this weekend and to get everyone in the spirit of giving we are doing a little giving ourselves. Follow these easy steps and you could win our awesome prize pack that includes tea and a Nordic mug from DAVIDsTEA, a $25 Running Room gift card, and a cooking class for two at De Luca’s.
- Take a picture of you taking a winter walk (if you’re coming to our Walk for Water on Sunday, this will be easy)
- Post your picture on Instagram or Twitter
- Tag @wpgforwater and #WalkForWater
- Make sure you are following @wpgforwater on Instagram and Twitter so we can contact you if you’re our winner.
That’s it! The only other thing is you need to live in or around Winnipeg.
We will randomly draw a winner Sunday after the walk. Good luck.
If you missed the online registration don’t worry! You can still take part in the Winnipeg for Water 6k.
- Come to the North Kildonan Community Centre by 12:45 pm on February 15 and register in person (you will still get a race kit with some treats from Manitoba Harvest and a race bib from the Running Room.) Make sure you dress warm.
- If you aren’t able to come out on Sunday, but you still want to support this project, you can donate online on our CPAR donation page. Select Clean Water and Sanitation as the project.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this project so far. Your support is humbling and will truly make a difference.