If I reach my year-end goal of raising $5,000 for Splash, I am going to drink this (on camera!!):
NASTY URBAN WATER COCKTAIL
Filtered by Splash, just like we do for kids
To 3 gallons of room-temperature tap water, add:
- 1 pair of used flip-flops (worn daily by Splash program manager Aaron Walling in Calcutta, India for 7 months)
- the contents of 3 ashtrays (seedy dive bar preferred)
- 1 oily rag (local gas station)
- 1 cup gutter mud (busy Seattle street)
- 8 oz tap water contaminated with E.Coli and fecal coliform (public school in Calcutta)
- 1 owl pellet (we understand you can get them at pellet.com)
- 1 carne asada burrito (because, let's face it, nothing goes better with a cocktail than Mexican food)
- MYSTERY INGREDIENT: ONE LUCKY DONOR WILL GET TO CHOOSE FROM A LIST OF SERIOUSLY NASTY STUFF! (Have some ideas? Tweet them at @Splash_Org)
Directions: Stir gently. Strain through: one ultrafiltration filter to remove bacterial contaminants, one carbon filter to remove taste and odor. Expose to UV light to neutralize any stray bacteria.
Garnish with: 10 years of support, spare parts, and maintenance.
Chase with: A commitment to radical transparency and long-term sustainability. Other nonprofit sector buzzwords optional.
A Note of Explanation:
I apologize if the thought of me drinking this cocktail makes you nauseous. (For those of you who are excited by the idea, thanks a lot. What did I ever do to you?)
Seriously, if you're worried, I am NOT going to get sick from this. Once the water goes through Splash's purification system, it will be more clean than most bottled water. But I'm doing this because I want people to know that kids in cities and towns around the world ~ especially those who can't afford bottled or filtered water ~ have to drink far worse: water contaminated by sewage, industrial runoff, or nearby garbage dumps.
The good news is, the problem of unsafe urban water is solvable. Splash is already providing clean, reliable, safe water to over 220,000 kids globally ~ kids who would otherwise have to drink some seriously nasty water.
The reality of water for many kids in cities is truly awful. But the Future of Water is clear, clean, and for every kid.
Recommended Drinking Game: Attend the nonprofit or social innovation conference of your choice and take a swig every time someone says "supply chain." You'll get soooo clean water-wasted!!