Special thanks to P&G and The Motherhood for partnering with me for today’s post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
In the fall I wrote a post detailing the incredible work P&G has done in providing clean drinking water to people all over the world.
Since the program’s establishment in 2004, 9 billion liters of clean water have been provided, and this has helped to save an estimated tens of thousands of lives in over 75 countries. But P&G wants to do even more, and has the goal to provide 15 billion liters of clean drinking water by 2020.
My girls and I saw first hand how the purifier of water packets worked back in the fall, and it created a lasting impression.
P&G Purifier of Water Packets can purify contaminated drinking water, turning it into safe drinking water in a short amount of time. Each packet can treat 10 liters of water. The contents of the packet kill bacteria and viruses and remove parasites, as well as solid materials. It provides enough clean water for a family of 5 for a day. The packets are highly portable because they are so small and lightweight, and this makes them great for emergencies, natural disasters, as well as for any place in the world with very limited access to clean drinking water. All you need is a packet, a bucket, a stir stick and a filter cloth and you can turn dirty water into clean water.
What an amazing product! When you consider that around 1,000 children die each day to diseases caused by contaminated drinking water, and that women and children spend around 40 BILLION hours each year collecting water (often at the cost of being able to go to school and/or earning income since it takes up so much time), this product is life-changing in every way.
See For Yourself
Fortunately, in the United States, we have easily accessible clean drinking water. But you can now have the experience of transforming dirty water into clean water by purchasing a P&G Safe Drinking Water demonstration pack. For each set of packets purchased, $1.80 will be donated to the Children’s Safe Drinking Water Fund, which is enough to provide clean drinking water to 1 child for 3 months!
To complete the activity, you will also need a large bucket (clear is best), a stirring spoon, some dirt, two cups, and a clean, cotton cloth (as well as items to help hold the cloth in place, such as a bungee cord or some clothes pins).
Begin by filling your bucket with water. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. You may be surprised to see a few particulants settle to the bottom, even in your clean water!
Now mix a little bit of dirt in with a little bit of water to make a muddy paste. Then add a little bit more water to further dilute the mixture, and then add all of that into your clean water.
So, how can we clean it? Well, it’s time to add the P&G Clean Water packet!
This is the really fun part! Stir the contents of the bucket for 5 minutes. For the first 3 minutes, or so, you probably won’t see much of a change in the water. But during the last 2 minutes of stirring, you may start to notice some interesting stuff happening in the water. Bits of dirt and junk seem to be forming their own little clumps. By the time you stop stirring, you will notice some serious separation going on, and the water getting clearer and clearer.
Let it settle for 5 minutes, and then put your cloth over the bucket top to act as a strainer. Pour the water into another bucket.
Now let this water sit for 20 minutes, as the product is still working on the disinfection piece of cleaning the water.
Now you have clean, safe drinking water for your family for the day. Isn’t that AMAZING??!!
During your Spring Break, I want to encourage you to do this activity with your kids. It’s super neat to watch, and it also can lead to a terrific discussion about the global clean water crisis and the role science and technology can play in finding a solution, as well as the role we each can play by contributing a small amount of money to help provide clean water to those in need. You can purchase a P&G Purifier of Water packet set here for $6.99!
FIVE lucky Stuff Parents Need readers will each win a P&G Safe Drinking Water demonstration pack!
To enter, simply leave a comment below stating that you want to be entered (and be sure your email address is listed so that I can contact you if you win!).
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of US & DC who are 18 years of age or older. Giveaway starts 03/21/2016 and ends 04/04/2016. Sponsored by The Motherhood with a P&G Purifier of Water packet. For the full list of rules, click here.