Friday, March 29, 2013

Feel Good Friday - Drop Dead

Now that I've got your attention, please know I wish you a long and fabulous life.

Drop Dead is the name of a one-man NGO whose tag line is, "Save every drop or drop dead". The drops in question are water.

According to Wikipedia, "Aabid Surti is a National Award-winning Indian author who has earned accolades within India and abroad as a painter, author, cartoonist, journalist,environmentalist, playwright and screenwriter." As if those activities don't keep him busy enough, he spends every Sunday traveling around New Delhi with a plumber and a volunteer fixing people's leaky faucets for free.

Why? A culmination of events: reading that by 2025 more than 40 countries are expected to experience water crisis, learning a tap that drips once every second wastes 270 gallons of water a month (!) and seeing a friend with a leaky faucet who couldn't be bothered to call a plumber to fix it.

He's been making his Sunday water rounds since 2007 and it's estimated that he and his team have save 1.5 million gallons of water since the project started. The story is explained in greater detail by his son on his blog, superaalifragilistic.

To learn more about Aabid's creative endeavors and view his gallery, visit his website.

I'm going to leave you now to make sure none of my faucets are dripping and I highly suggest you do the same!

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