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Charity Spotlight: Planet Water Foundation

We live next to one of the world’s largest supplies of fresh water. According to glc.org, the Great Lakes contain one-fifth of the world’s fresh surface water supply. Rarely do we appreciate it much less the infrastructure that makes it safe to drink.

Did you know that one in ten people don’t have any access to clean drinking water? On a global scale, that means almost 1 billion people are consuming untreated water. Resulting in 4000 adolescent deaths every day. Sadly, patients with treatable, water-borne diseases fill half of all the hospital beds worldwide. On top of that, many young girls miss out on education because they spend their day collecting water.

In 2009 Mark Steel, the founder of Planet Water decided to do something about it. He began installing filtration systems in rural schools and communities. “We are a non-profit organization focused on alleviating the global water crisis by bringing clean water access and education programs to the world’s most impoverished communities. Our programs are focused on schools, children, and rural communities across the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America.” [1]

children drinking water from Planet Water filtration system

Fast forward 13 years and they now support more than 3 million people in 15 countries with the Planet Water AquaTower. The AquaTower only takes one day to build and provides enough daily water for up to 1800 people! The water is treated with three-stage filtration to remove bacteria, protozoa, viruses, pathogens, and other harmful contaminants. The tower is gravity fed – no electricity is required. And, several hand washing stations are integrated into the system. Once the system is installed, Planet Water follows up with sustainability visits and hygiene education programs.

children filling water bottles from planet water filtration system

After seeing first hand the critical need for clean water in the wake of natural disasters, Planet Water developed the AquaBlock emergency water system. When a natural disaster occurs, the system can supply drinking water for up to 10,000 people per day. The coolest part? The system operates via petrol, electricity, or a manual pump. No matter the circumstance, the water will flow. The system is compact and durable. The design is specific for easy airline, DHL, or shipping container transportation. Take a look at recent events the AquaBlock provided drinking water:

  • Typhoon Odette, Philippines (2022)
  • Flooding, India (2021)
  • Typhoon Goni, Philippines (2020)
  • Flooding, Cambodia (2020)
  • Refugee camp, Mexico (2020)
  • Typhoon, Vietnam (2020)
  • Hurricane, Honduras (2020)
  • Volcano, Philippines (2020)
  • Cyclone, Zimbabwe (2019)
  • Flooding, India (2019)
  • Earthquake, Indonesia (2018)

This great work is only possible with strategic partnerships, volunteer programs, and donations. There are four ways you can help Planet Water. First is corporate partnerships. Planet Water hosts employee volunteer programs with companies like Coca-Cola and Columbia. Next, you can donate online with standard currency or cryptocurrency. Last, you can create and launch a fundraising campaign.

Ready to get involved? Contact Planet Water here.

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