The Ice Bucket Challenge is still extending all over the word, as new challengers join everyday! But the rareness of water has also floated as a serious problem nowadays, even in water abundant places such as Scotland, where the water system on a Scottish island has shut down to cut wastage caused by “#IceBucketChallenge” activism craze!
The viral campaign, which launched in order to raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), has largely got people attention worldwide, as social media friends nominate each other to an ice venture!
As Daily Mail reported, the water system in Inner Hebridean Island of Colonsay – a population of around 135 people – was automatically shuts off after more than 100 residents applied the ice plunge experience on themselves.
The water was shut off five times over the weekend then switched back on again.
Resident David Johnston, 60-year-old, told The Sun that the challenge extended all over the eight mile-long island like uncontrollable blaze. It reached the top on Sunday evening. He also added:
“The water system must have thought there was a burst main.”
Scottish Water claimed that there was no scarcity of water in the island, verifying the switch off water supply because of ASL challenge craziness.
Scottish Water spokesman said in a statement:
“This does not impact water supply to customers, however, an operative does then need to go to the works and power it back up again.”
Earlier, a staff at a Tesco in Simonside, South Shields, said that they sold out almost all ice.
The duty manager of Tesco, Daniel Smith admitted:
“We sold out on Saturday and we nearly did on Sunday as well. We don’t usually sell so much ice at this time of year – it’s usually only this popular when big events like the World Cup are on.
It seems like everyone is taking part in the challenge and getting behind the charity to raise money and quite a few of our staff have taken part too.
It’s great to see so many people taking part, but before the next big craze, we’d love a bit of warning so we can stock up on whatever it is people need.”
Alternative Ways Found!
The famous actor Matt Damon selected other ways to increase ALS awareness worldwide. He founded new workable way and decided to enter the challenge by dumping toilet water on his head!
Damon is the co-founder of Water.org, the matter that makes him updated with statistical data as he says:
“There are 800 million people in the world who don’t have access to clean drinking water, and 2.4 billion people without adequate sanitation.
Keep in mind, that the water in our toilets in the West is actually cleaner than the water that most people in the developing world have access to.”
Other alternative methods used by countries with water scarcity.
People in India replaced the ice bucket challenge with the rice bucket challenge! Because of the water crises in most places in the country, which known with its need for sanitation and clean water, others are making money donations or rice buckets donations to those who need.
Another method was figured out in Gaza! After 50 days war, the problem of ‘limited water supply’ is now increased! Palestinians in Gaza come up with the Rubble Bucket Challenge to highlight the destruction caused in Palestine by the Israeli bombings.
Palestinians tried to show the suffering caused by Israel’s offensive on Gaza.
The Ice Bucket Challenge includes throwing iced water down on someone’s head before he / she nominates another one to try. With many celebrities participating in the challenge, ASL campaigns on social media helped to increase the funds for making deep searches in order to find a treatment for the incurable illness.