A day for water…

Today is World Water Day. Held annually on 22nd March, the United Nations advocates a day which is dedicated to the topic of water. Time set aside in our busy schedules to reflect on the importance of this life-giving, life-preserving force. While most of us take clean water for granted, worldwide more than 600 million people have no ready access to it and are faced with life-threatening hardships.

In our work in developing regions, we see the grave, heart-rendering consequences of a lack of fresh water supply: health issues through waterborne diseases, lack of food because absolutely nothing can grow, poor sanitation because human waste cannot be flushed away, the list goes on, as do the problems that people have to encounter on a daily, no, hourly basis.

Siemens Stiftung is committed to contribute to a sustainable supply of safe drinking water especially for people living in rural regions. Thus water is one of our focus areas and we promote the utilization of low-tech products and solutions that ensures the supply of affordable safe drinking water. Our Solutions Database is packed with low-tech solutions and products that can help people access water and deal with waste water on a sustainable basis. These solutions have been created by numerous, ingenious innovators and developers around the world. Take a look; you’ll be fascinated by their simplicity and the magnitude of their impact on human lives.

Coupled with this approach, Siemens Stiftung has also initiated several projects in Africa: Our Safe Water Enterprises provide fresh water in kiosks. Equipped with the Sky mobile SkyHydrant water filters, which remove bacteria and viruses from water, the filtration process does not require any electricity thus allowing operation in off-grid areas. Our WE!Hubs install solar-powered energy stations, which supply green energy and safe drinking water to rural regions that lack infrastructure. These are just a few of our projects but the first step when taking action is becoming aware of a problem, so next time just as you’re about to take a sip, take a moment to think about those without it – even if it’s just today.

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