EWB International Clean Water projects around the world
Water may make up 70 per cent of the world, but water scarcity affects more than 40 per cent of the world population. An estimated 783 million people do not yet have access to clean water, and 3.4 million people, mainly children, die every year from diseases related to water quality and quantity.
Big plans with big stakes
Water access, sanitation and sustainable management of water resources are some of the most consequential problems with which the world is confronted. The implications of getting water management right are local and global, affecting not only humanity, but arguably, affecting all life. Worldwide, collective efforts have been directed at finding concrete and innovative solutions for clean, affordable, sustainable and available water. With the support of 50th Anniversary Global Clean Water Fund Grant of Tetra Tech, EWB International is delighted to be leading a shared approach on solutions to water issues. Mr Dan Batrack, Tetra Tech Chairman and CEO said that he was impressed with the quality of innovative EWB approaches to solve community water challenges.
In field action
In the Ossu Subdistrict of Timor-Leste, EWB Australia in partnership with WaterAid and the Willoughby Friends of Ossu assess and plan a community led sanitation program. EWB Australia began to develop a water supply solution to provide access to water for a school and health clinic in this village
EWB Cameroon is working to develop a holistic water management program in the Mbondadick community that will empower members of the local community to become self-sufficient in solving water and sanitation programs. Clean water will be provided by a cased water-well system, which is locally constructed with members of the Mbondadick community.
The current activities of EWB Brazil have been to create a sanitation system that includes a sand biofilter, an UV reactor fed by photovoltaic lamps and a charcoal filter. This system will provide clean water to poor, disadvantaged people. The knowledge and expertise developed through this project will be some of the broader benefits gained by a co-op in the Nova Iguazu city, in Rio de Janeiro.
The EWB Bangalore professional chapter built a drinking water filtration system for a rural primary school in Kunigal (India). At Tingathe Fellowship Workshops, local government water officers from 15 districts in rural Malawi come together with EWB Canada representatives to learn from each other how to implement cost-effective innovations in service delivery that help them serve their communities better. In San Miguel De Allende (Mexico) EWB UK has conceived a collaborative development of a biochar water filtration system with a local NGO.
All projects will be finalized in 2017.