Can you live off 13.2 gallons of water? You might have no choice

The realization of water is prevalent in Capetown, South Africa. What happens when a city with 4 million people run out of water? With such little water supply left, residents are ordered to only use 13.2 gallons of water a day. Once "Day Zero occurs, when there is officially no more water, residents will have to line up and collect only 6.6 gallons of water from a handful of collection points.
Residents have described the intense conservation methods unhygienic but necessary. Residents have moved from washing dishes to using and reusing plastic plates. Showering for longer than 5 minutes will max out your water usage for the day. So residents have cut their shower time down to one minute and use a bucket to collect any water that runs off of them. That water is then used as toilet water.
Economically, agricultural production has almost halted to slow down and push back the inevitable Day Zero. Pools are empty, gardens are dying, and people are realizing how much they took water for granted.  

With residents following these stringent conservation methods, they have been able to push back Day Zero from April to July. Once day Zero hits, even tighter water conservation methods are necessary as residents move from 13.2 gallons to 6.6 gallons. Let this be a lesson to everyone.

Can you live off 13.2 gallons of water a day? Take this quiz for simple results. On average, showering uses 2.1 gallons every minute while flushing the toilet uses about 3 gallons every flush. A dishwasher uses about 6 gallons every cycle. As you can see, we are about to peak above our 13.2 gallons a day.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6

The United Nations has created 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. These goals build upon the Millennium Development Goals to cover new areas including climate change, economic inequality, peace, and justice. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 states to ensure universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030. A goal like this will require adequate infrastructure, hygiene education, and proper sanitation facilities. 

Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the world population and is only expected to grow as global temperatures increase as a result of climate change. Even as more people gain access to safe drinking water, there is the constant issue with dwindling safe sources. Current safe water sources are stressed and going to get worse from droughts and desertification.

A combination of adequate infrastructure, water resource protection, and international cooperation is critical to accomplishing this goal. Water-related ecosystems such as forests, mountains, and rivers need to be protected to mitigate water scarcity. International cooperation will ensure the right technology is being used that promotes water efficiency and treatment technologies. Currently, 663 million people still have no access to any clean water source. In 12 years, we can solve this issue together.


It was not long ago when James Leitner had a hard decision to make. He stood at the edge of Salt Lake City with full camping gear and 10 gallons of water. He had to walk 100 miles on the infamous Salt Flats to make it into Nevada. There was no houses, stores, or buildings for 100 miles. Only salt. Fearful, he began mile 1.

It took James Leitner 143 days to walk across the United States. He walked 3,250 miles or the same distance a woman or child will walk in a year in Africa to just get water. He pulled 10 gallons of water the entire time to symbolize the amount of water a family needs for one day. The reality of clean water is shocking to most considering most people always have water. Walking 3,250 miles was a choice for James, no one was telling him he had to do this. 
Every single day a child or woman is waking up early because they have to get water for their family. Walking multiple times, carrying water, missing out on the chance to go to school or work. 

School at a United States public school is typically 180 days long. Imagine having to miss 143 of those days. No child can gain a proper education. 

Now imagine gaining 143 days to a year. The opportunities are endless and can change a community, child, or woman's life. It is time to work together and be the change.

What does Kaliini Primary School and NASA have in common?

An astronaut will stay on the International Space Station (ISS) for an average of 6 months. Since they are in space, they can not resupply regularly. They need a way to clean and reuse the limited supply of water they have. The system they use has many complicated moving parts but uses the same filtration system the Kaliini Primary School uses, ultraviolet (UV) Filtration.

In November 2017, our founder has the chance to visit the Kaliini Primary School in Kenya with the nonprofit organization, Well Aware. This project catches rainwater off the roofs of the school and uses a small UV filter to clean the water. Many people have a misconception of rainwater. It is clear, so it must be clean. Imagine all of the dirt, bird droppings, and dust that collects on the roof. If not cleaned, all of that can make a person sick. 

Of course, the NASA system is high tech, very expensive, and has multiple patents. They needed to create a chemical-free system that could not lead to a hazardous environment in the ISS. UV light is the best alternative because of the few moving parts. Final testing will take place in March 2018 because it is utilized in the ISS.

Why We Run

The first MissionCleanWater Running Club members are starting to train for their March races. They have been runners for many years, but have found a new reason to run.  Not only are they trying to accomplish personal records, they are providing clean water and sanitation to communities in need. All they have to do is run and share. 

When we run, we represent the women and children walking for water every day. They have no water to cook with, to wash their clothes, to bath, or to drink. Someone has to go and find water. Depending on the season, most water sources can become dry. Some spend 2-4 hours walking every day to get water forcing them to miss out on school or other opportunities. 
When someone signs up for the running club they providing a new life to a community. A life with accessible, clean water and sanitation. Women and children are not walking all day to get water. They can use this freedom to go to school or take care of their family. Waterborne diseases almost disappear.  Life completely transforms.

Signing up is a big start in providing accessible clean drinking water. We will help you every step of the way. Contact us at for more information.