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WATER FOR LIFE

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  1. WATER FOR LIFE Providing Clean Water to the World Fred Soldwedel f_soldwedel@pacbell.net District 5300 Coordinator, Water Resources International Clean Water Initiative

  2. WATER FOR LIFEThink of all the ways the Industrialized World takes water for granted • We have clean drinking water wherever we go • We bathe in clean water every day • We wash our clothes in clean water • We wash our cars with clean water • We water our plants and lawns • We swim in it in swimming pools

  3. WATER FOR LIFEHow do they get their water?

  4. WATER FOR LIFEHow do they get their water?

  5. WATER FOR LIFEWhere do they get their water?

  6. WATER FOR LIFEWhere do they get their water?

  7. WATER FOR LIFEWhere do they get their water?

  8. WATER FOR LIFEWhy is this such an important issue? • Diarrheal Diseases (dysentery, cholera, typhoid) • Estimated 1.2 billion cases of water-related diarrhea each year. • Responsible for 7.7% of all deaths in Africa each year. • Leading cause of death among children under 5 years old in developing countries: 1.5-3 million/year. • Blindness • Trachoma: leading cause of preventable blindness – not waterborne, but spread by lack of clean water. Simple face washing can prevent it. • Parasitic Organisms • Guinea worm – Water contaminated by larvae ingested; mature into worms up to 3 feet long. • Schistosomiasis (bilharzia) – worms from snail hosts.

  9. WATER FOR LIFEParasites from unclean drinking water http://www.enviroliteracy.org/article.php/707.html

  10. WATER FOR LIFEWhat’s the extent of the water problem? According to the United Nations World Health Organization: • What percent of disease in third world countries is caused by contaminated water? • 80%! • How many people in the world have no access to clean water? • Over 1 billion worldwide • How many children die from waterborne diseases? • One every 8 seconds! 150 during a 20 minute presentation

  11. WATER FOR LIFEHow do we help? There are many ways to provide clean drinking water to those in need!

  12. WATER FOR LIFE – How do we help? Provide clean water to a single individual! Pay for a personal “drinking straw” $3-6 each http://www.vestergaard-frandsen.com/lifestraw.htm

  13. WATER FOR LIFE – How do we help? Provide clean water to a whole family! Pay for a family “drinking straw” $20-25 each http://www.vestergaard-frandsen.com/lifestraw.htm

  14. WATER FOR LIFE – How do we help? Provide clean water to a whole family! Pay for a family “bucket filter” system $25-50 each http://florenceor.clubwizard.com/WATERPROJECT.cfm

  15. WATER FOR LIFE – How do we help? Provide clean water to dozens of people! Build a cistern for a house/hut $300-500

  16. WATER FOR LIFE – How do we help? Provide water to a school full of children! Build a rain harvesting system $1,500-2,500 http://www.gdrc.org/uem/water/rainwater/introduction.html http://rainwaterharvesting.tamu.edu/rainwaterbasics.html

  17. WATER FOR LIFE – How do we help? Provide water to hundreds of people in a remote village!! Drill boreholes and install hand pumps $2,000-5,000

  18. WATER FOR LIFE – How do we help? Provide water to thousands of people in rural or urban settings! Drill boreholes and install electric pumps to fill large central water tanks $10,000-50,000

  19. WATER FOR LIFE – How do we help? Provide water to tens of thousands! Build a water distribution system for an entire community $50,000-150,000

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  21. WATER FOR LIFE Providing Clean Water to the World Fred Soldwedel and Hassan Kheradmandan f_soldwedel@pacbell.net or hassank@sbcglobal.net District 5300 Coordinator, Water Resources International Clean Water Initiative