the Weight of Water

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We have all seen photos of women and children carrying containers of water on their head but how often do we stop to consider a basic fact about the mechanics involved?

Water is HEAVY

1 gallon of water = 8 lbs. (actually 8.33 lbs)

Many women and children in Africa carry up to 5 gallons of water


On their heads

For miles

Twice or more a day

Women and children who carry heavy containers of water daily suffer from neck and back pain and are prone to degenerative skeletal disorders.

Fill a container with water and see how far you can carry it - not on your head - just carry it at all.

It's heavy and it's hard.


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