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An Interesting Twist on the Ice Bucket Challenge

It’s a YouTube sensation: recording yourself dumping a bucket of ice water on your head to raise funds and awareness for ALS.

But with California facing its own challenge of running out of its biggest resource, some are very concerned.

“We are in what they are calling an exceptional drought,” said Atascadero photographer Brittany App. “So dumping buckets of water on our head in California when we are quite literally running out did not seem like the smartest thing to do.”

So when this Central Coast photographer was nominated to go under the bucket, she had a different idea.

“We came up with the 5 gallon challenge to participate in the ALS Ice bucket challenge without being wasteful.,” App explained. “And continue passing on the love.”

So how does it work?

“We will fill this bucket with water and survive off that 5 gallons of water for the entirety of the day today.”

An entire day?

App and her husband video their entire day using it for everything from brushing their teeth to showering.

On average, Americans use 100 gallons of water in their home daily.

“The challenge is not about saving those 5 gallons as much as it is saving the 95 that you didn’t use,” App said.

Like the Ice Bucket Challenge, when you’re done you nominate three people but also have to donate to not one but several charities.

“You get to pick your own three charities,” App explained. “You get to donate whatever you want to each of them. And you got to know every single dollar you donate is helping.”

The best part? App said you’re making a difference for not only those in need but also in conserving our limited water supply.

“My challenge to those who watch is to try it. Just try it.”


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