In partnership with Rotary, Aquality will work to support the health and well being of citizens by providing access to clean water in their homes and community settings. The project will work to do this through providing greater access to resources for clean water distribution and effective awareness efforts, and innovation educational elements.
India has the second largest population in the world – 1.353 billion in 2018 – and this is growing every day. 52% of these people are in poverty, combining both rural and urban figures. One of the primary issues facing people in poverty in India is a lack of access to clean drinking water.
Although improvements have been made to access and quality of drinking water systems, water resources are under pressure by the large population and quality resources are not consistent across urban and rural areas. Gaps are also left between stressed government solutions and opportunistic private companies. Clean water is scarce, which is why 21% of India’s diseases are water-related. Drinking water is not the only problem, either – in fact, only 33% of the country has access to traditional sanitation.
There are many concerns about the availability of replenishable water resources, with the water table going down drastically in many parts of India. India’s large agricultural output in particular depletes the overall water table, which is made worse by inefficient water usage practices. Many rural communities have little choice but to drill wells to access groundwater. Unfortunately, India's overall water availability is running dry, and many are left with suboptimal water to drink, leading to diseases that kill thousands every year. Pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable.
Many water-related diseases are completely preventable. At Aquality, we believe that everyone should have the right to access clean and safe drinking water.
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the critical importance of sanitation, hygiene and adequate access to clean water for preventing and containing diseases. Hand hygiene saves lives. According to the World Health Organization, handwashing is one of the most effective actions you can take to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, including the COVID-19 virus. Yet billions of people still lack safe water sanitation, and funding is inadequate.”
Our first step at Aquality is to work with the communities associated with Rotary to distribute simple, low-cost water filters to ~200 individuals. We also aim to have these water filters be place in affiliated Rotary schools and centers.
Help us raise money to fund these filters so vulnerable communities can have access to clean water!