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The Other Nakba
Did you soak up a long hot shower this morning, send your kids off with a requisite bottle of water, blithely throw a load in the washer? Most Palestinians didn't. With Gaza and the Occupied Territories facing an unprecedented, Israeli-made water crisis that could soon make life unlivable, the Middle East Children's Alliance has launched a Thirsting for Justice Campaign to remind us that thousands of Palestinians live under untenable conditions most of the rest of us simply cannot imagine. Most live on 24 liters, 6.3 gallons a day. Period: for drinking, cooking, washing, farming. MECA suggests you try it.
How much water do we use every day for…
|A bath||120-160 liters|
|A shower (5 minutes)||75-90 liters|
|A shower (3 minutes)||35-50 liters|
|A toilet flush||9-16 liters|
|A wash of hands||1,4 liters|
|Brushing teeth (with tap on)||30 liters|
|Brushing teeth (with tap off)||2 liters|
|Drinking and cooking||6 liters|
|Hand dish washing||20 liters|
|Dish washing with dishwasher||30-40 liters|
|Washing clothes in the washing machine||80-170 liters|
|Washing the car||800 liters|