-------- "This is the time for action not only words, use your God given gifts to develop this country, dont be afraid to speak up, and feel PROUD THAT U R EGYPTIAN." -------- Mohaly, Feb 2011

Monday, March 23, 2009

544) Save the Source of Life!

Yesterday was the International day for water. Water is the next world wide war. We are taking it for granted in Egypt, and we use it EXTREMELY unwisely. We have to think about our children in order not to reach this stage (in video) someday.




We shouldn't use much water in cleaning cars, filling bath tub, Golf,...etc. Water is very precious and it won't be cheap as it is now. 10 years from now the water bill will be closer the electricity bill, we have to wake up before it is too late.

Life is precious, and water is the source of Life..

Mohaly

14 comments:

Julia said...

When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.

Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.

Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.

Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.

Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.

Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.

Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.

Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.

amina said...

People in some parts in old cairo less than 1 km from Nile Cannot find water!!!!!!!

Mona said...

Amina,
How come? and what do they do? go to the Nile and fill up their buckets?

By the way, I love your name Amina. It is one of my favorite names.

amina said...

Thanks Mona :) Is Amina and Mona from the same linguistic origin?!

amina said...

Mona check this out

http://interactiveworlds.blogspot.com/2007/11/water-shortage-in-cairo.html

http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/09/30/africa/letter.php

actually what happened last month that there were no water in the pipes and people started buying water packs.

Mona said...

I am not sure, but my mom used to call me Amina - it was my nickname for awhile.

Mona said...

Amina,
Thanks so much for sharing the article and the videos.

That's so sad.

It will probably take me a couple of days at least to register and process what I just read.

Mohaly said...

Yes Mona, it is so sad, and you will go crazy when you know that the number of Golf courts in Cairo that are used by 0.001% of the society consumes as much water as a whole suburb!

Mona said...

Yes, but what did or does the city council and the governor say to that?

Mona said...

Amina,
I found a full report that describes the local community initiative to address and resolve this very same problem.

You can read the full at:
http://www.hic-mena.org/SPH_cases/Saft%20al-Laban%20Eg.pdf

But I am surprised that the problem is not fully taken care of yet.

Mohaly said...

Mona, it seems that you haven't been in Egypt for a while!

As I mentioned to you before, Egypt (especially Cairo) is on a life-support system, and the plug can be pulled at any minute.

Gannah said...

اشكرك لاجابتك سؤالى والحقيقة انا بعد جولة تانية فى المدونة لقيت ان التنوع ممكن بالغعل يكون مكسب لعالم التدوين خاصة لو كان المدون يستطيع المزج بين الثقافة العربية والغربية مع مراعاة خصوصيتنا
المدونة مختلفة ويمكن أفضل شىء فيها هو ان الافكار مركزة وواضحة
لكن انا هقلك حاجة، فكرة مدونة تانية انا جربتها ولقيتها مش فكرة حلوة قوى لانها بتشتت الانتباه وتحتاج وقت
انا لقيتك عامل فكرة جديدة وهى اهداء بوست من كل 100 بوست لشخص معين وبنفس الطريقة لو عجبتك الفكرة ممكن تكتب بوست عربى كل عدد من البوستات تحدده وحكاية انك بتعبر احسن بالانجليزية اكيد انت اقدر على الحكم منى ..لكن الانسان دايما بيكون عنده قدرات كامنه لا تُكتشف الا بالتجربة وسرعة الكتابة - عن تجربة برضه- مسألة تعود وانا بعد ما كنت بطيئة جداا فى العربى الآن اكتب العربية والانجليزية بنفس السرعة تقريبا
طبعا ده مجرد اقتراح ووجهه نظر ليست بالضرورة تكون صحيحة
وانا شخصيا استمتعت بموضوعات كتير فى المدونة وزى ما قلتلك بعتبر ان ده ثراء لعالم التدوين وخاصة ان تعليقات زورارك معظمها مناقشات مفيدة مش مجرد تعليقات للمجاملة
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البوست النهاردة انت كتبته بلغة مخففة جدااا..كلمة استعمال غير حكيم ده وصف مهذب جداا لتعاملنا مع المياة واللى قالته جوليا عن غسل الاطباق انا بشوفه كتير جداا واضف اليه رش الشوارع بالمياه فى الصيف وزى ما قلتم غسيل السيارات وغيرها
المشكلة مسألة احساس ان النيل بيتدفق وهيستمر بدون اى مشاكل واحساسنا ده بيخلينا نعتبر ان الحفاظ على المياة مسألة خارج اولوياتنا
معلومة ملاعب الجولف بالنسبة لى صادمة جداا وخاصة انى زرت منطقة عشوائية فى القاهرة الصيف الماضى وشفت ان الناس الفقراء بيشتروا المياه ..يعنى لو الحكومة فرضت رسوم على اصحاب الملاعب او حتى الزمتهم بريها من المياه التى سبق استعمالها فى اغراض اخرى شوف ده ممكن يوفر كم كبير جداا من المياه
طالما لا نعلم الاطفال الانتباه لهذه الامور فصعب نأمل حاليا فى تغيير سلوك الناس
سبحان الله ان الاسلام بيحث على الاقتصاد فى استهلاك المياه ولو كنت على نهر جار
ولكن سوء فهم الدين وقصره على العبادات دون المعاملات بيخلينا نواجه السلوكيات دى بكثرة
معذرة للاطالة
تحياتى

Mohaly said...

Thanks a lot ya Gannah for the supportive opinion and for understanding...

I find your idea more practical to try writing in Arabic every certain no. of posts...I hope that my Arabic writing will be satisfactory specially for people who are used to Arabic.

Mohaly said...

For the water Jannah, it is really serious more than you can imagine.

Egypt has a share of 55 Million cubic meter since 1959, and now the Nile Valley countries want to change that and want to build dams and this will affect our share (that is already not enough!) guess who is in the picture as well ; Israel..

It is not a matter of washing dishes only, it is a national security and on the supreme level. That is why I am saying we HAVE TO WAKE UP.

P.S. The Golf Courts culture in such country is driving me nuts!