"All day I've faced a barren waste
Without the taste of water, cool water
Old Dan and I with throats burnt dry/And souls that cry for water
Cool, clear, water."
-- From Bob Nolan's song, "Cool Water."
In the U.S. we typically don't think about water being safe to drink. Yet the World Health Organization says contaminated water is a major global threat.
"For many of the world's poor, one of the greatest environmental threats to health remains lack of access to safe water and sanitation.
"Over 1 billion people globally lack access to safe drinking-water supplies, while 2.6 billion lack adequate sanitation; diseases related to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene result in an estimated 1.7 million deaths every year," according to WHO.
"It's difficult to comprehend the reality that somewhere in the world a child younger than 5 years of age is dying of a water-related disease every 15 seconds. All told, more than 3.4 million people die of water-related diseases every year," said Kevin Krueger, Positive Life Radio general manager.
Every fall, PLR holds a fundraiser to help cover operating expenses. This year, the vision expanded.
To aid families living in poverty in foreign countries, PLR listeners sponsored 381 Water-of-Life filters from Compassion International, said Sali Miller, PLR office and promotions manager.
CI notes on its website that more than 4,000 children die every day of water-related, easily preventable diseases such as cholera and typhoid. Many more suffer sickness, diarrhea and acute stomach pains, which prevent them from attending school and growing into healthy adults.
The water system includes two buckets, a filter, hose, international delivery plus training to maintain it for a cost of $79. For more information about PLR's ministry, or to listen online, go to www.plr.org.
What is being described as a biblical flood occurred recently at the Walla Walla Gun Clubhouse when a toilet's water line broke in the women's bathroom.
"The result is that we now have a swimming pool where the front room used to be," emailed Robert O. "Bob" Bloch, WWGC secretary-treasurer.
Insurance and a cleanup company have been involved, Bob said. They removed carpet in a section with no asbestos.
The bathrooms, kitchen and another section were "remediated" due to asbestos content, he said.
New commodes are being installed in the women's restroom, and a new floor in the men's restroom.
"Thankfully, all of the above is covered by our insurance except the $500 deductible and the new toilets for the girls," Bob said. For more details, contact Bob at email@example.com.
Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or afternoons at 526-8313.