In an interview with TheWire.com, Jim Gulliford, director of the Society for the Conservation of Land and Water, in the United States, reported that “drinking water is one of the most precious resources […] it is a resource that ever it must be belittled or wasted. This is even more important in areas of the world that are experiencing drought. "
Of course, Gulliford warns that the amount of water used by the #IceBucketChallenge is much less than that which is lost daily due to leaks in household pipes. “If the challenge has concerned the population about the use of water, then it has been excellent. We want people to start worrying about fixing their pipes then, ”Gulliford added. The Environmental Protection Agency published a communication that read: “We support the #IceBucketChallenge. But we want to ask the participants to be creative when using the water. They can carry out the challenge in a garden that requires irrigation, so as not to waste the liquid ”.
Since its inception, the #IceBucketChallenge has proven its resounding success. This Monday, the ALS Association - responsible for the challenge - reported that it received donations of 15 million 600 thousand dollars between July 29 and August 18. This represented an increase of 767% compared to what was collected last year during the same period.
The ALS Association will use the funds to provide care for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In addition, the money will be used for research and development of treatments to combat the condition that is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.