Day 22: Clean drinking water

Day 22: Clean drinking water

31 Days of Gratitude
Join me as I celebrate all I have to be thankful for during the month of October.
Why October instead of November? One more day!
Enjoy and be blessed.

As of today, most of Puerto Rico is without fresh water outside of San Juan, the capitol city. Every single time I cook, wash dishes, bathe, flush or drink I think about my brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico.

Living in California also means we live a drought lifestyle. Until last winter, we had been in one of the state’s longest dry spells. It was so bad the San Joaquin Valley bed was sinking because farmers were tapping underground aquifers that were established over hundreds of years. These underground lakes were being emptied so the ground kept sinking.

Today, we are no longer in a drought because we were hit with historic rainfall totals across the entire state. It was so much water, the largest dam in our state at Lake Oroville was overflowing from the top. The spillway spawned a hole that the overflow exposed and rearranged the hillside in front of the dam.

I am hopeful we get the kind of rainfall that can sustain us one more year but as for today, I’m grateful for what we have.

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