Water Diary For Thailand
We were lucky enough to be able to get in touch with a Thai family in the slums through one of our team members friends. They also completed a water diary for us which can be compared to that for the UK .
05:30 (11:30 GMT)
Wake up and start making breakfast. We have rice which I boil in a pot of water. I use 2 litres of water which will cook the rice to feed me, my 2 brothers, my sister and my mother until dinner time.
06:30 (12.30 GMT)
My brothers go to school. They do not take any water with them because the school will give them some juice. Me and my sister cleaning the house. We sweep the floor and wash the pots. We use the rice water for wash the pots. Then I have to take the toilet bucket to the drain. We do not have a toilet flush. The drain is overflowed but a lorry comes once a month to empty the tank underneath.
11:45 (17:45 GMT)
The water lorry is here! The lorry comes once a week bringing water. The taps in the village have dirty water in them so the lorry brings us clean water. We have 3 bottles that can hold 40 litres each! That must serve my family of 5 until the lorry comes again.The bottles are heavy and me and mother and my sister must carry one each back to our house.
15:30 (21:30 GMT)
My brothers come home from school. Today is wash day. We have a big pot which we put some water in. We can use the tap water for bath but we must not eat it. My little borthers bath first together, then my sister. I am oldest so I must go last and the water is cold and dirty.
19:00 (01:00 GMT)
Mother makes dinner. We have boiled rice and fish that mother bought today from the market. This is with fresh water not the same from the breakfast. Sometimes when the lorry doesn’t come we must use the same water all day but not today. We drink a glass of tea with dinner.
19:45 (01:45 GMT)
I wash the pots from the bath and the dinner with my sister. She is messy! We use the cooking water because it is still hot. Sometimes mother can get soap from the market but we don’t have any today.
21:00 (03:00 GMT)
I go to bed.
This Thai family have just 120 litres to last them for a week compared to the 140 litres that one of our team member used in a single day.