B.W.R. (BASIC WATER REQUIREMENTS), 50 Liters,
Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Saint Martin's Chapel, New York City, NY
Basic Water Requirements (BWR) refers to domestic water usage per person per
day and includes water for: drinking, human hygiene, sanitation services and food
preparation. It has been established that the Basic Water Requirements (BWR) per
person is 50 liters of water each day for basic human needs. Unfortunately 20% of t
he world's population only uses around 5 liters each day. More than 1 billion people
do not have access to clean drinking water and do not have access to the B. W. R. of
50 liters per day.
Each of the 60 one-gallon bottles represents a different country and indicates the
amount of water used per person per day in each country. One of the bottles represents
50 liters; the amount of water a person requires daily for basic human needs.
The twelve clear resin cast houses (icehouses) represent the domestic use of water
around the world.
It is my intention to bring awareness about this global crisis through this piece. As a
global community, we should guarantee that every person has access and the right to
at least 50 liters of clean water everyday.
(Most world organizations and agencies have adapted the Basic Water Requirements of
50 liters established by Peter H. Gleick of the Pacific Institute. The database from the World
Resources Institute is the standard used by most organizations to calculate the liters per day
per person on water usage. The data used in this project is based on this information.)