It’s not enough to talk about the water problems around the world,
our Projects do something about it.
Global Water’s projects typically target rural areas where local water sources are either contaminated, insufficient, or non-existent. In these areas, water that is available is often found only in remote locations, so that villagers must spend significant time laboring back and forth on foot transporting water to their homes, often several times a day.
Global Water’s projects have an immediate life-changing impact, particularly on women and children, who most often have the responsibility of collecting water for the family each day of their lives. Successful Global Water projects utilize water and sanitation as a tool to create sustainable socioeconomic development in these poor rural communities.
We currently focus on projects in Central and South America and Africa. Our projects in Africa focus on well drilling and our projects in Central/South America focus on spring catchment systems, hand dug wells and hand washing stations for schools.
Here are some examples of our projects.
Well Drilling – Africa
Well drilling projects often involve contracting with local well drilling companies and hiring them to drill and develop wells and install pumps. Deep wells (over 200 feet) are often the most expensive water supply infrastructure projects undertaken by Global Water (or any water-oriented organization). As much as possible, we try to connect with an NGO that owns a well drilling rig since they are often more economical than a for-profit company.
Hand Washing Station – Healthy Schools Program – Central America
Hand-washing facilities are very important at schools in developing countries and needed for the following reasons:
- Drink water;
- Wash hands after using latrines;
- Brush teeth with water;
- Use water for cooking afternoon snack;
- Practice the hygiene education students learn at school;
Learning to wash hands after using latrines is practically useless if a school doesn’t have a hand-washing facility so students can practice. Likewise, students must practice brushing teeth at school, as well, because many students attending rural schools in developing countries do not wash their hands nor brush their teeth at home; therefore, it must be practiced at school.
Spring Catchment Systems – Central America
Basically, spring catchment systems require building a concrete box around a local water spring or other surface water source (to protect from future contamination), piping the water to a storage tank located at a higher elevation than the village, and distributing it to faucets located just outside individual home sites, or in some cases, centralized locations (when home sites are too spread out).
Hand Dug Well – Central America
If the water table is within 100 feet below the surface of the ground then hand digging a well is theoretically possible. However, hand digging a well is not possible in rock or unconsolidated soil such as sand. Hand digging is less expensive and is often an option in Central and South America.
Latrines – Central America
The lack of adequate sanitation is a major reason why many existing water supplies in developing countries are so contaminated. Once introduced into a water source as a result of inadequate sanitary facilities, protozoan, bacterial and viral microorganisms can live in water supplies for very long periods of time. These microorganisms are often the primary cause of disease and sickness throughout rural areas of developing countries.
Global Water routinely funds the building of latrines to create proper sanitary facilities as a complement to installing a new water supply system. In addition, we also support hygiene and sanitation education wherever we support water supply projects.
These efforts (safe water, proper sanitation, hygiene education) are synergistic and go hand-in-hand to create a safe environment for rural populations. In particular, latrine facilities and hand-washing stations are constructed in the proximity of schools and other children-oriented facilities.
Filtration/Disinfection – Technology Push Program
Global Water provides support in the form of water treatment equipment and technical consulting for its projects. This usually takes the form of funding filters or disinfection systems and shipping devices to NGOs in developing countries. In addition, a goal of Global Water is to become a clearinghouse for technical information and innovative solutions for water treatment equipment that is sustainable in remote regions of developing countries. In concert with this goal, Global Water has created the Technology Push Program to distribute water treatment technologies applicable to developing countries.