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Millions Of Women Take A Long Walk With A 40-Pound Water Can

Published Thursday July 7

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A few years back, while working in Benin, environmental health specialist Jay Graham saw an elderly woman in line at a pump to get water. She looked far too old to carry the water home herself, so he was relieved to see other people helping her — until he realized they were just making sure she had successfully balanced the 40-pound can on her head.

In parts of the world without running water, people must rely on an alternative: walking water.

Then comes the hard part: Taking the water home.

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