40 Days of Water

Lent begins today, and for the last few weeks I've been trying to work out what to abstain from. What would challenge me. In the past I've given up many things (alcohol, meat, cakes, chocolate...), but this year I was really stuck for what to do. But then I heard about a project called 40 Days of Water.

It's quite a simple idea, really. And we all know that simple ideas are often genius.

Well, what 4o Days of Water (or, as I'm going to call it, 40DOW) focuses on is the fact that we in the world who have a supply of clean water quite literally on tap are incredibly lucky. So, if we join the project, we give up all drinks apart from tap water for the 40 days of Lent.

No coffee. No tea. No wine. No beer. No cocktails. No juice. Nada.

And the money we save from not buying those drinks? We tally up and donate it to well building projects in Africa.

This has really captured my imagination, and I'll be blogging about this as I go through Lent (I think the lack of tea and coffee may get interesting!). And to kick us off, I made my first video blog (please excuse the wild hair, pjs, and crazed camera angle....it was 1 am!).

40 days start from Claire Thornley on Vimeo.

post signature

Next PostNewer Post Previous PostOlder Post Home


  1. Wow! It's awesome to see you in video form! I miss you!

    Good luck with the challenge. It's admirable and hard core.

    Also, are you going to only drink tap water? I am one of those anti-bottled water peeps, and I think that not drinking bottled water would make your quest ever more admirable.

  2. Christy, yep. Only tap or tap water I've put in a bottle will do. Matthew's promised me champagne at the end of the line!


  3. Water is so crucial like you said. Many of us lucky to have it cannot even begin to imagine how hard it is for those who do not have easy access to it.

    Great project.

  4. Oooh I love it. I'm going to tell my environmental science class about you!

    Mmmm champagne. I'm sure it'll be expensive stuff.


Thank you for your comment - I do read them all but it may take me a little while (a couple of days) to respond during busy times. I love reading what you have to say!

Have a wonderful day!