Help Solve the World’s Water Problems With Your iPhone

This year AppStorm is taking part in Blog Action Day to raise awareness about clean water and water conservation.

We’re going to look at a few things iPhone owners can do to help the water movement. Not only will you be contributing to an awesome cause, you’ll also get a few benefits out of the deal such as a cool new product or some nice savings on your water bill. Read on to see how you can help!

What Is Blog Action Day?

Blog Action Day is an annual event held every October 15 that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action.

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The Blog Action Day Website

This year’s topic is water. Did you know that nearly a billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water? Or that 42,000 people die week year from unsafe water?

The numbers are staggering enough to make each of us feel insignificant in the face of such a huge problem, but it turns out there is plenty that you can do to help.

GelaSkins and Charity: Water

One of the easiest ways iPhone users can contribute to the cause is by purchasing a charity: water GelaSkin. A GelaSkin is a super thin, scratch resistant covering for your iOS device. It’s a non-permanent covering that is easily removable and offers a cool way to customize the back of your device.

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charity: water iPhone 4 GelaSkin

GelaSkins has jumped on board the charity: water project and offers a number of GelaSkins with charity: water artwork. You can order skins for your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and tons of other devices. Here are a few more designs that are available:

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Available charity: water artwork

In addition to showing your commitment to clean water via the GelaSkin, you can download the charity: water artwork as a background picture for your iOS device.

How Does This Help?

Proudly displaying the charity: water logo is a great conversation starter and an easy way to help build awareness about the lack of clean water in many countries. However, buying a charity: water GelaSkin does a lot more than raise awareness.

According to the GelaSkins website, “for every charity: water GelaSkin you buy, 50% of the proceeds go directly to fund sustainable water projects.” That means that by merely treating yourself to a stylish and protective covering for your iOS device, you’re directly contributing to the cause of clean water. How cool is that?

If you’re a swag lover, charity: water also has t-shirts, bracelets, thermoses, and even neckties available in their shop, the proceeds of which will of course go to the clean water cause.

Donate Your Birthday

You know how you always ask your friends and family to spring for iTunes gift cards every year for your birthday? One final way you can help out charity: water is to donate your birthday for the cause. Instead of asking for cool Apple stuff, you encourage your friends and family to take the money they would’ve spent on you and give it to charity: water to help provide clean water to the world. A mere $20 can help provide clean water for one person for 20 years!

If you get a enough donations, you could win a trip to Africa with Will Smith! Admit it, that’s way cooler than an iTunes gift card.

5 Water Conservation Apps

In addition to donating funds to help supply people with clean water, you can do your part to help the planet by engaging in water conservation techniques. Water is a key element in the creation of usable energy that we all use and cutting back a little goes a long way towards creating a sustainable future.

Below you’ll find five awesome apps for helping you and your family monitor your water usage.

Erika Knows Green: Water Conservation

“This book teaches young kids simple ways to be green through their daily actions. Kids can learn to be green and more environmentally-conscious in this water conservation story. It’s a great way to teach them simple things that they can do at home to save water.”

Price: $0.99
Developer: StoryBoy

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Erika Knows Green: Water Conservation

Water Buddy – Water Usage Tracker

“Water Buddy keeps a history of your water meter readings provides an instant overview of your usage and whether you are keeping within your target. Whether your target has been set by local water companies or you just want to save money, Water Buddy will help you meet those targets. Local government and water organisations sometimes set responsible usage targets for residential customers and these can be used with Water Buddy.”

Price: $0.99
Developer: acooper

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Water Buddy - Water Usage Tracker

Waterprint

“You’ve heard of carbon footprints, but what about water footprints? Waterprint is a one-of-a-kind iPhone application that helps you calculate just how much water is imbedded in your daily activities, including what you wear, eat and drink. This application even includes a Waterprint calculator that quickly and easily allows you to determine exactly how much water it takes to grow one banana, manufacture a tshirt, or brush your teeth.”

Price: Free
Developer: Waterprint

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Water Buddy - Water Usage Tracker

Save H2O

“Find out your water usage on your iPhone! Sloan offers this free application which helps people understand all aspects of their restroom water usage. In just seconds you can calculate your savings like those provided by engineering firms. Try it yourself and see your potential water savings!”

Price: Free
Developer: Sloan Valve Company

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Save H2O

How Blue Are You?

“How Blue Are You? is part of American Standard’s Responsible Bathroom campaign to raise awareness for water conservation and provide tips to make your home more water friendly. Take our quiz and learn practical ways to save more water, use the calculator to see how American Standard products can help you save water and money, locate rebates available in your area for saving water and more.”

Price: Free
Developer: How Blue Are You?

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Save H2O

How Will You Contribute?

Many of us are privileged to live in a place where clean, drinkable water is as close as the nearest faucet. Consequently, it’s hard for us to even grasp the scarcity of this basic necessity. If we all do just a little bit to offer aid to those less fortunate while doing our part to contribute to sustainable water practices, we can change the world for the better.

Leave a comment below and let us know how you are contributing to the cause. Have you found any other great water-focused apps? What are some organizations you know of that offer aid to the clean water problem?


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