Today, a bunch of bloggers are posting about clean water. So, I have another “excuse” to talk about clean water again.

This is a photograph of one of two electrical water coolers that are in the building where I work. We have one on each floor, except for the mezzanine level. Most of the time, it sits there, dry. I just happened to use this one today, washing away the white mineral stains that form when hard-water evaporates.

I am a pastor, but I am also a tentmaker – meaning I support my ministry by working outside the church. I work as an architectural designer for an architectural and engineering firm. Did you know, that in the United States (International Building Code), a drinking fountain is required in every type of building except single family residences? Required – access to clean, safe drinking water is required.

For one-sixth of the world’s population, a luxury like this is unheard of. Getting water is an arduous chore, and getting clean water is a near impossibility. In a world where a luxurious drinking fountain can be a requirement in a building, this in unacceptable. In a world where such a luxury is taken for granted, this is unacceptable. We’ve got to do something about it.

“I know that the LORD secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.” (Psalm 140:12)

The Lord secures justice. Guess, what – He uses people, like you and me, to do His work. If you’ve been following this blog, you know that Thrive Church has started a charity:water campaign. Please consider being a part of the solution. Did you know that a $20 donation secures clean water for one person for20 years? You can help us at

Go. Give well.

17 thoughts on “building.code”

  1. Did not know that a drinking fountain is required in the U.S. Learned something new there.

    I support your efforts to provide clean water. I pray that many may be blessed by the money raised and the water provided.

  2. “Did you know that a $20 donation secures clean water for one person for 20 years?”

    That’s awesome. I wonder how they calculate that. Thanks for your heart to get the message out Herb!

  3. I didn’t know that. Why couldn’t I find the water fountain at the airport the other day instead of having to pay 2 bucks for bottled water? Ha. Anyway, I suppose you could draw a spiritual analogy here in the USA we have a church on every corner and 4 or 5 Christian radio stations…but still many sit empty and inefective like the unused water fountain while in areas where they don’t have as much the church seems more effective.

  4. *high five* for the water campaign……so awesome! I will pray for the blessings to pour in on your efforts.

    It’s so true about taking clean water for granted….

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