Matt Damon was challenged by friends Jimmy Kimmel and Ben Affleck to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge (which calls on participants to donate toward ALS research or dump a bucket of ice water over their heads), however he was very conflicted when asked to do so.
The reason being?
He didn’t like the idea of wasting perfectly good water while doing the challenge.
So instead, he decided to use toilet water.
Damon is the co-founder of Water.org, which is a nonprofit dedicated to providing clean drinking water and sanitation solutions to those in underserved regions of the world.
Damon explains his dilemma, “It posed kind of a problem for me, not only because there’s a drought here in California, but because I co-founded Water.org, and we envision the day when everybody has access to a clean drink of water — and there are about 800 million people in the world who don’t — and so dumping a clean bucket of water on my head seemed a little crazy.”
Damon added that 2.4 billion people in the world do not have clean sanitation systems. And get this, even toilet water in westernized nations is still cleaner than the drinking water in many underserved communities in developing countries.
Damon nominated George Clooney, Bono and NFL quarterback Tom Brady to complete the challenge.
Check out 20 celebrities who have completed the ALS ice bucket challenge here.