Forget the ice bucket saving water

Christina Ravinet will be using 10 litres of water a day for five days

Christina Ravinet will be using 10 litres of water a day for five days

First published in News by

A WOMAN has turned the ice bucket challenge on its head, by pledging to survive on a single bucket of water each day for a week.

Christina Ravinet, 26, returned to her home in Belfairs Drive, Leigh, after a ten-week charity trip to Tanzania with a fresh perspective on water, after living in a village where people walk more than two hours every day to collect less than 20 litres.

By contrast average water consumption in the UK is 163 litres per person and most people use about 18 litres when pouring iced water over their heads for the ice bucket challenge.

The craze, which has spread rapidly across the UK, began as a dare, with an option to avoid it by donating to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, though many now do both. But Christina, who hasamasters’ degree in ecology from Imperial College London, said watching so much water being wasted, after living in an area where it was a precious commodity, made her want to set her own challenge.

For five days next week she will be living on no more than ten litres of water a day for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning and even using the toilet.

She said: “I’ve been meaning to do my own challenge for a while now and it seemed fitting with the ice bucket challenge being everywhere, because it kind of puts it into perspective.

“Being brought up in western society, you don’t really think about the amount of water you use and, even though I’m from an environmentally conscious background, it’s not until you see people having to walk to collect water every single day and live without running water that you realise how lucky you are.

“That was the biggest thing that struck me when I got home and I decided I was going to be more conscious of how much water I used, but you very quickly slip back into old habits.”

The greatest hurdle she said she will face during her challenge between Monday and Friday will be going to the toilet, as the average flush uses about four litres of water each time.

“It’s going to be hard but I want to encourage people to make a positive change, even if it’s just shaving two minutes off the time they spend in the shower.”

Comments (15)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:03am Mon 1 Sep 14

lucy10 says...

think of your water bill
think of your water bill lucy10
  • Score: -3

8:58am Mon 1 Sep 14

profondo asbo says...

bring back neknominate. the ice bucket is getting a bit tedious.
bring back neknominate. the ice bucket is getting a bit tedious. profondo asbo
  • Score: -4

9:34am Mon 1 Sep 14

_Lotus_ says...

Shoplifting is Great wrote:
How stupid. There's nothing she can do about the crisis of lack of water elsewhere in the world. Stop being an idiot and use as much water as you want.
There is nothing stupid in what this woman is doing, she is putting everything into perspective.

Unlike your own argument.
[quote][p][bold]Shoplifting is Great[/bold] wrote: How stupid. There's nothing she can do about the crisis of lack of water elsewhere in the world. Stop being an idiot and use as much water as you want.[/p][/quote]There is nothing stupid in what this woman is doing, she is putting everything into perspective. Unlike your own argument. _Lotus_
  • Score: 20

9:53am Mon 1 Sep 14

Nelly99 says...

I never drink water...fish have sex in it! My grandad used to say, " I have an iron constitution and water will only rust it!"
I never drink water...fish have sex in it! My grandad used to say, " I have an iron constitution and water will only rust it!" Nelly99
  • Score: 7

9:59am Mon 1 Sep 14

Kim Gandy says...

Shoplifting is Great wrote:
How stupid. There's nothing she can do about the crisis of lack of water elsewhere in the world. Stop being an idiot and use as much water as you want.
You telling someone else not to be an idiot. That's rich.

You do nothing for anybody. You a just an attention whore. Go away you rabid little man.
[quote][p][bold]Shoplifting is Great[/bold] wrote: How stupid. There's nothing she can do about the crisis of lack of water elsewhere in the world. Stop being an idiot and use as much water as you want.[/p][/quote]You telling someone else not to be an idiot. That's rich. You do nothing for anybody. You a just an attention whore. Go away you rabid little man. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

10:05am Mon 1 Sep 14

Kim Gandy says...

There is another version of this challenge. "Cllr" Gavin Callaghan has got his own version too.

He sits on a rather expensive looking champagne socialist patio and douses himself - with warm water... not a single sliver of ice in sight whilst trying to appear "cool" - whilst merely looking a bit of a pillock.

That's the faint heart version for lightweights with no moral fibre.

I've watched the vid. Hilarious.

On a more serious subject though, I can't see how this challenge can be done especially taking into consideration using the toilet and of course drinks, cooking and keeping clean.
There is another version of this challenge. "Cllr" Gavin Callaghan has got his own version too. He sits on a rather expensive looking champagne socialist patio and douses himself - with warm water... not a single sliver of ice in sight whilst trying to appear "cool" - whilst merely looking a bit of a pillock. That's the faint heart version for lightweights with no moral fibre. I've watched the vid. Hilarious. On a more serious subject though, I can't see how this challenge can be done especially taking into consideration using the toilet and of course drinks, cooking and keeping clean. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -5

10:28am Mon 1 Sep 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
There is another version of this challenge. "Cllr" Gavin Callaghan has got his own version too.

He sits on a rather expensive looking champagne socialist patio and douses himself - with warm water... not a single sliver of ice in sight whilst trying to appear "cool" - whilst merely looking a bit of a pillock.

That's the faint heart version for lightweights with no moral fibre.

I've watched the vid. Hilarious.

On a more serious subject though, I can't see how this challenge can be done especially taking into consideration using the toilet and of course drinks, cooking and keeping clean.
Oh why don't you two just kiss already :0)
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: There is another version of this challenge. "Cllr" Gavin Callaghan has got his own version too. He sits on a rather expensive looking champagne socialist patio and douses himself - with warm water... not a single sliver of ice in sight whilst trying to appear "cool" - whilst merely looking a bit of a pillock. That's the faint heart version for lightweights with no moral fibre. I've watched the vid. Hilarious. On a more serious subject though, I can't see how this challenge can be done especially taking into consideration using the toilet and of course drinks, cooking and keeping clean.[/p][/quote]Oh why don't you two just kiss already :0) Richy don't shine shoes no more
  • Score: 3

5:27pm Mon 1 Sep 14

cravinet says...

Kim Gandy - this challenge absolutely can be done. Living on a restricted amount of water really isn't that difficult, if you are willing to put in a little effort and determination. If you measure out precise amounts of water when cooking, rather than using it more freely, you don't need that much. Nor do you need a great deal to clean in. As a practice run, I washed in 2 litres of water and I was as clean as I would have been had I had a 60 litre shower. Granted, I will give you the toilet one - but I am taking all efforts I can to reduce my water usage when flushing (i.e. using my collected waste water to manually flush)

Shoplifting is Great - Do you really think I am hoping my 5 day challenge will end a world water crisis? Of course not. I am a realist. But I am also an optimist and I believe greatly in the power of the individual. The actions of an individual can be powerful, if other individuals can be encouraged to do the same thing. And encouraging others and raising awareness is what I hope to achieve through my challenge, not an instantaneous solution to what is a real, urgent and scary problem.
Kim Gandy - this challenge absolutely can be done. Living on a restricted amount of water really isn't that difficult, if you are willing to put in a little effort and determination. If you measure out precise amounts of water when cooking, rather than using it more freely, you don't need that much. Nor do you need a great deal to clean in. As a practice run, I washed in 2 litres of water and I was as clean as I would have been had I had a 60 litre shower. Granted, I will give you the toilet one - but I am taking all efforts I can to reduce my water usage when flushing (i.e. using my collected waste water to manually flush) Shoplifting is Great - Do you really think I am hoping my 5 day challenge will end a world water crisis? Of course not. I am a realist. But I am also an optimist and I believe greatly in the power of the individual. The actions of an individual can be powerful, if other individuals can be encouraged to do the same thing. And encouraging others and raising awareness is what I hope to achieve through my challenge, not an instantaneous solution to what is a real, urgent and scary problem. cravinet
  • Score: 8

6:48pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Nelly99 says...

D'oh! Penny dropped! Apologies Christina. Though my offer still stands.
D'oh! Penny dropped! Apologies Christina. Though my offer still stands. Nelly99
  • Score: -2

7:20pm Mon 1 Sep 14

baldessari says...

Nelly99 wrote:
There is a nasty smell to this story and I think it is Cravinet. He/she showered in an eggcup, his/her dinner boiled dry and she/he wee'd over her neighbours fence. No flush required! Now that nice young lady in the picture....they used to say, save water,shower with a friend. If she would like to toddle down to Shoebury I,ll gladly share my bath...water and all and maybe do her back...and who knows what else....!
This is no place for gender apartheid or vitriol. Choose your words carefully Nelly99. This is a great effort to produce a positive effect, and it is the unfortunate minority such as yourself that exemplify how invaluable individuals like Christina really are. I'd happily join you in Shoeburyness to bath you in your own blood.
[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: There is a nasty smell to this story and I think it is Cravinet. He/she showered in an eggcup, his/her dinner boiled dry and she/he wee'd over her neighbours fence. No flush required! Now that nice young lady in the picture....they used to say, save water,shower with a friend. If she would like to toddle down to Shoebury I,ll gladly share my bath...water and all and maybe do her back...and who knows what else....![/p][/quote]This is no place for gender apartheid or vitriol. Choose your words carefully Nelly99. This is a great effort to produce a positive effect, and it is the unfortunate minority such as yourself that exemplify how invaluable individuals like Christina really are. I'd happily join you in Shoeburyness to bath you in your own blood. baldessari
  • Score: 0

7:46pm Mon 1 Sep 14

baldessari says...

Granted I was a little strong with my wording there, and I apologise. It's just so disappointing to see this positive agenda negated by suggestive comments. I'll bring this back to what it's about...Well Done Christina.
Granted I was a little strong with my wording there, and I apologise. It's just so disappointing to see this positive agenda negated by suggestive comments. I'll bring this back to what it's about...Well Done Christina. baldessari
  • Score: -2

10:30pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Letmetryagain says...

This Ice Bucket thing is getting rather tedious.
This Ice Bucket thing is getting rather tedious. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 1

11:21am Tue 2 Sep 14

pussycats says...

Nelly99......Then whose post/story were you commenting on? No excuse at all. Admittedly you apologized, but reiterated your nasty and vulgar suggestion to this lovely, young girl, within your so called apology. baldessari also apologized, but took on board, your none retraction, to your suggestive comment. This is not the site for Dirty Old Men.

Good luck to you Christina. Awareness to this real and problematic situation is so needed and well done for bringing it to the forefront.
Nelly99......Then whose post/story were you commenting on? No excuse at all. Admittedly you apologized, but reiterated your nasty and vulgar suggestion to this lovely, young girl, within your so called apology. baldessari also apologized, but took on board, your none retraction, to your suggestive comment. This is not the site for Dirty Old Men. Good luck to you Christina. Awareness to this real and problematic situation is so needed and well done for bringing it to the forefront. pussycats
  • Score: 0

12:02pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Nelly99 says...

pussycats wrote:
Nelly99......Then whose post/story were you commenting on? No excuse at all. Admittedly you apologized, but reiterated your nasty and vulgar suggestion to this lovely, young girl, within your so called apology. baldessari also apologized, but took on board, your none retraction, to your suggestive comment. This is not the site for Dirty Old Men.

Good luck to you Christina. Awareness to this real and problematic situation is so needed and well done for bringing it to the forefront.
Well getting my posts removed is hardly fair since it doesn't allow for accurate assessment of the comments. This forum should be for all comments not just the toadies that agree with everything. I was threatened with physical violence so have a right to reply. The fact remains that Christinas challenge is totally pointless since the water companies waste far more than any individual can ever save by showering in a bucket! I might know you,d have to stick your nose in. Dirty old men have the same rights as mad cat people thanks very much.
[quote][p][bold]pussycats[/bold] wrote: Nelly99......Then whose post/story were you commenting on? No excuse at all. Admittedly you apologized, but reiterated your nasty and vulgar suggestion to this lovely, young girl, within your so called apology. baldessari also apologized, but took on board, your none retraction, to your suggestive comment. This is not the site for Dirty Old Men. Good luck to you Christina. Awareness to this real and problematic situation is so needed and well done for bringing it to the forefront.[/p][/quote]Well getting my posts removed is hardly fair since it doesn't allow for accurate assessment of the comments. This forum should be for all comments not just the toadies that agree with everything. I was threatened with physical violence so have a right to reply. The fact remains that Christinas challenge is totally pointless since the water companies waste far more than any individual can ever save by showering in a bucket! I might know you,d have to stick your nose in. Dirty old men have the same rights as mad cat people thanks very much. Nelly99
  • Score: 0

2:17pm Tue 2 Sep 14

pussycats says...

Just for the record Nelly99, I had nothing to do with getting your posts removed! It wasn't me!
Just for the record Nelly99, I had nothing to do with getting your posts removed! It wasn't me! pussycats
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree