Can You Live on 4 Liters of Water a Day?

Published on October 22nd, 2013 | by

4LitersThose of us in the first world don’t tend to think twice about our water usage, and unless we’re on a backpacking trip or in a dry camp, or adhering to some other self-imposed rationing, we’re probably likely to use quite a bit of water everyday. In fact, in the US, the average rate of water consumption is about 550 liters every single day, between drinking water, cooking, laundry, and bathing needs.

But if you’re one of the millions of humans on our planet without easy access to clean water, you might be hard pressed to just get enough water to drink every single day to stay alive, which can be as little as 2 liters per day.

What can the average person do to help turn the tide against water poverty?

How about trying to live on just four liters of water per day?

That’s the premise behind 4Liters, a social experiment that invites Americans across the country to experience water poverty firsthand.

“4Liters is built to transform you, by providing a glimpse into the daily lives of nearly a billion people worldwide. It’s a brave experiment in compasssion.” – 4Liters

By committing to voluntarily live in water poverty for a short time, and to use just 4 liters of water per day for all of your needs, you can get a better understanding of what it might be like to live that way day in and day out. 4Liters is an initiative from DigDeep, which is working toward better water access for the many that don’t have it, and seeks to educate and act as an advocate for water issues in marginalized communities.

4Liters isn’t just a social experiment, either, as it is also raising money so that DigDeep can plan and build water access projects around the world. In addition to taking personal commitments for the challenge, 4Liters has put together a free multidisciplinary curriculum to introduce the themes of water, poverty and human rights to 7-12th grade classrooms.

If you’re ready to take part in this brave experiment, sign up at 4Liters.org.


About the Author

lives in southwestern New Mexico and digs bicycles, simple living, organic gardening, sustainable lifestyle design, slacklining, bouldering, and permaculture. He loves good food, with fresh roasted chiles at the top of his list of favorites. Catch up with Derek on Twitter, RebelMouse, Google+, or at his natural parenting site, Natural Papa!