Drinking Water Crisis
- Written by BYA
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 07:12
DRINKING WATER CRISIS
- More than one out of six people lack access to safe drinking water, namely 1.1 billion people
- Even worse, 2.6 billion people lack basic sanitation due to the lack of water supply.
- Children are especially vulnerable to the consequences of unsafe water. Of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation, 90% are children under 5 years old.
- 400 million children (1 in 5 from the developing countries) face these problems every day.
- 3900 children die from water borne diseases every day.
- 1 out of every 4 deaths under the age of 5 worldwide is due to a water-related disease.
- These figures (estimation from WHO/UNICEF JMP, 2004) represent only people with very poor conditions. In reality, these figures should be much higher.
- Lack of safe drinking water and sanitation facilities may be the root causes of hunger, disease and poverty throughout the developing world.
- Nearly 80% of illnesses in developing countries are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions
Our Compassion Water Project has an immediate life-changing impact,
particularly for women and children,
who are generally responsible to gather water
for their families every day in the developing countries.
- The developing countries desperately need clean, sustainable water source. While we are fortunate to have access to water at any given time, there are those in need who have been battling and losing against this water crisis.
- The first step to improving the poor water conditions is with sustainable water filtration systems, the least we can do to provide immediate and long-term aid.
- Our walkathon’s cause promotes awareness for clean, safe water in developing countries and water conservation.
THE COMPASSION WATER PURIFICATION PROJECT
The Lifesaver Jerrycans
- for Emergency Disaster Relief
- LIFESAVER’s filtration technology filters and eliminates millions of bacterium and viruses like H1N1 to produce clean sterile drinking water without the aid of chemicals.
- LIFESAVER Jerrycan is the ideal solution for the provision of water in humanitarian disasters relief like the Haiti Earthquake and Typhoon Ketsana in the Philippines.
- One LIFESAVER Jerrycan ($320) holds 18.5 litres (approx 5 gallons) and can process up to 20,000 litres of drinking water. This means that one jerrycan can provide enough safe drinking water for a family of 4 for up to 5 years.
Sunspring Filtration System
- for Long-Term Sustainment
- The Sunspring™ is a solar powered, portable, self-contained water purification system for more remote sites and areas of developing nations not currently serviced with water treatment.
- It is capable of producing water for 10,000 people for over 10 years.
- The system costs approximately $25,000 dollars but will eventually pay itself back after four months if it is sold at 5 cents per gallon to people in a village.