Somewhere between 780 million and 3.5 billion people in the world lack access to clean drinking water. To put that in perspective, the majority of people in developing countries like Haiti do not have access to clean drinking water. Drinking untreated water puts you at a much higher risk of contracting water-borne illnesses like cholera and, in Haiti; this has had a devastating effect as more than half the deaths in the country are from water related illnesses. Furthermore, many of these people live without access to electricity which means traditional water treatment options aren’t viable.
On this upcoming World Water Day, the UN encourages all to think about the inequalities in water access, particularly amongst the “bottom billion”, and the need for universal sustainable access to clean drinking water. In areas with no electricity and where access to water treatment and sanitation are absent, it is imperative to come up with creative solutions that allow the most people to have access to clean drinking water with the least drain on environmental and economic resources.
With this in mind, International Action focuses on simple, sustainable solutions to bring clean water to some of the most impoverished areas in Haiti. Our chlorinators take advantage of gravity fed water systems and require no electricity to operate and our upcoming Chlorine Distribution System will provide local communities with the knowledge, logistics, and sustainable source of funds to maintain and operate our highly effective chlorinators. In addition, our recent solar pump initiative uses energy from the sun to bring clean water to rural areas.
The demand for clean water is only increasing and using energy-efficient means to sanitize water means more potable water for the people who need it most.