If you live in a place where clean drinking water is taken for granted, it can be difficult to grasp the scarcity of clean water and adequate sanitation. Worldwide:
The consequences of these three deficiencies together — lack of clean water, hygiene, and sanitation — are devastating. Worldwide, millions are sickened by diarrheal disease and weakened by parasites, and 15,000 die each and every day.
But it doesn’t stop there.
When children are sick, they can’t go to school. Often a mother or sibling must stay with a sick child — and she in turn is unable to work or go to school. Recurring waterborne diseases lock families, communities, and nations into a cycle of endless poverty and lack of opportunity.
Simple, inexpensive technology is available worldwide to provide clean water in homes and schools. Combine that technology with instruction in basic hygiene and sanitation, and illness from waterborne disease and parasites can be virtually eliminated. The health of a community can improve dramatically — practically overnight.
The Water Triangle is Pure Water’s simple model of the three essential steps needed to solve the problems of related to waterborne disease:
DRINK: The first step in establishing a pure water system is to remove contaminants from a water source, so that people can drink it.
WASH: The second step is basic health and hygiene education, which is essential to change behaviors and establish good hygiene habits.
WASTE: The final step of a pure water system is the appropriate management of human waste.
This comprehensive solution is at the heart of what Pure Water does. We do it to last – bringing the simple equipment and education needed for a lifetime of better health. We do it by hiring local teams and working actively to develop community oversight.
And you make it possible. Thank you for your continuing support.