The Water Wise ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

This week’s blog was written by Laurie Loftin after she dried off and warmed up.

The latest craze to flow over the internet is the ALS ice bucket challenge.  People are challenged to either donate $100 to ALS research or dump a bucket of ice water over their head.  Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.  With donations to ALS research reaching almost $80 million since the challenge went viral, it seems many are taking on both the ice bath and parting with their cold, hard cash.

Lily Anne Phibian was slow to hop on this trend.  As a water conservation ambassador, she hesitated to show a wasteful use of water.  But being a big-hearted frog, she also wanted to do what she could to help raise awareness of ALS.  With careful thought, Lily Anne came up with a toad-ally awesome way to reduce and reuse the water needed to successfully take on the ice bucket challenge.  See if you can spot all the ways Lily Anne supports a good cause while using water wisely in this video.

Did you discover how you can care for water while getting all wet?

  1. Lily Anne took the challenge standing over grass and soil.  This allowed any water splashes to benefit the turf beneath her.
  2. She stood in a large tub to catch as much spilling water as possible.
  3. The water caught in the tub is reused to douse three more people.
  4. The remaining water captured in the tub is poured over some very thirsty lantana, a beautiful flowering plant that grows well in our hot and dry climate.

We challenge you to devise even more creative ways to take on the ice bucket challenge while caring for our water resources.  Share them with us!  Conserve: WATER U waiting 4?

Special Note:  Donations were made to both ALS and the Upper Oconee Watershed Network, a local organization dedicated to protecting the water resources the people of Athens-Clarke County depend on.

No animals or zombies were harmed in the making of this video.


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