A “raging water crisis” 2017-05-23T11:44:37-05:00

What if every day you turned on your faucet and risked becoming seriously ill from drinking the water?

South Asia has some of the lowest per capita water availability in the world, says Michael Kugelman, program associate for South and Southeast at the Asia Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.

Kugelman describes the situation as “a raging water crisis” that could lead to many lives being lost.

    30,000 South Asians die from unsafe water each year just in Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan.
    630 children under the age of 5 die every single day in Pakistan because of dirty water.

South Asia actually has abundant water resources, including rivers, rainfall, and groundwater. But without basic filtration processes, South Asians are subject to a variety of water-borne diseases. Population growth has led to increased demand for drinkable water, and increased need for irrigation for crops. (source: Civil Service of Pakistan website forum)

The Cost of Doing Nothing
It costs money to provide clean water to a countries as expansive and remote as those in  South Asia. But the cost of doing nothing is greater. A report from the John Hopkins School of Public Health says:

“While the cost of building freshwater supply systems and sanitation facilities is high, the costs of not doing so can become staggering. In Karachi, for example, a study found that poor people living in areas without any sanitation or hygiene education spent six times more on medical care than people who lived in areas with access to sanitation and who had a basic knowledge of household hygiene.”

Water-borne disease
Cholera, typhoid, shigella, polio, meningitis, and hepatitis are all diseases carried by water that has been contaminated by human or animal waste. Certain cancers have also been caused by toxins such as agricultural fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals draining into the water supply.

Economic impact

Having clean water to drink will free South Asians to

    (1) lead healthy, economically productive lives, and
    (2) leverage their earnings to support their families and send their children to school.

In addition, each water filtration project is a business venture that will create jobs and spur sustainable economic development.

Starting big

The needs in South Asia are enormous, so it will be easy to make a dramatic difference almost immediately. By beginning with the greatest challenge, we can make sure we have the best solution, a solution that can be replicated in other areas that need clean water.

Karachi has approximately 20 million inhabitants. According to Purween Rahman’s Water Supply Report, created by Orangi Pilot Project, Karachi’s most vulnerable citizens are paying over $100,000 per day for contaminated, municipal water that is illegally siphoned and resold. Each filtration system that we install will help 30,000 people each day obtain uncontaminated drinking water.

The time is now

Pakistan’s federal government has set a goal of providing “equitable, efficient, and sustainable” access to drinking water for the entire country by 2025. There is an urgency surrounding this goal, and government leaders are looking for workable strategies. Our business plan for bringing fresh, filtered water promises exactly the results they are hoping to accomplish.

What you can do

We are looking for a few committed partners who have not only financial resources, but also a desire to make a difference. Clean water is good business that goes beyond revenues and profits.