Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2013 - (Page 29)
A Tiny Drop
of an Idea
BY kAren kAleY, cotton electrIc cooPerAtIve
riPPlEs form WhEn a single drop of water splashes into a larger
body of water. The ripples fan out, spreading the effect of the drop
over a much larger area.
Ideas can work the same way.
For example, Shalyn Files and Ty
Dulworth saw a video that gave them an
idea for a small project. They sought assistance and were overwhelmed by a flood
of support from their small community in
The video was about water. Nasty
water. And, a simple inexpensive way to
make it safe to drink.
We all know that water is an essential
element for life on this planet. Access to
safe drinking water is absolutely necessary for children, families, villages to
In the poorest of nations, in the remotest of locations, there are many people
whose only available source of water is
full of pollutants and life-threatening
The teens learned that day that the
problem of contaminated water is so great
in some places that children rarely make
it past the age of five. Parents don’t bother
to name them until then.
That’s the part that got to Ty and
Shalyn, friends since pre-school, now
making plans for their senior year at
Velma High School. They were attending
an ACT prep workshop and the video was
shown as an example of projects to take on
for an award being discussed.
Neither was interested in trying for
the award, but they were still taken in by
what they saw.
In the Water of Life video, a 12-year-old
Rwandan girl sets off on a 1.5-mile hike
to the nearest watering hole. She fills a
5-gallon plastic jug with murky water and
hoists the 44-pound load onto her head for
the journey home.
Once there, she pours reddish-brown
liquid into a clear plastic tank. A blue hose
connects an opening near the bottom of
the tank and a fat spigot about the size
of her fist.
The girl uses the spigot to draw clear
water into a glass, which she hands to a
Ty Dulworth, left, and Shalyn Files
compare pond water to tap water.
The teens have been raising funds
to purchase water filters for families
in undeveloped countries.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2013
From the President
Drought Contingency and Water Conservation Plans
The Energy Future of Rural America
A Tiny Drop of and Idea
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers / Advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2013