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World Water Day

March 22nd, as always, marks World Water Day.

It’s a time for us all to stop and recognize the fact that many people on this planet do not have access to clean water, or a sanitation option to clean the water they do have access to.

“World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.”

This year’s theme is focused on waste water. It’s time for all of us to roll up our sleeves and find ways for the human race to stop wasting the water we have and, furthermore, find new and innovative ways to treat the water we do waste.

“Instead of wasting wastewater, we need to reduce and reuse it. In our homes, we can reuse greywater on our gardens and plots. In our cities, we can treat and reuse wastewater for green spaces. In industry and agriculture, we can treat and recycle discharge for things like cooling systems and irrigation.

By exploiting this valuable resource, we will make the water cycle work better for every living thing. And we will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 6 target to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase water recycling and safe reuse.”

Our sanitation system treats urine electrochemically to be used for hand washing as well watering plants or crops.

It’s a proverbial drop in a bucket. But each drop counts. Especially with a crisis this big.

Our partners are also heavily engaged on World Water Day! Here’s a great video from one of our partner at CEPT University:

We encourage all of you to read up on World Water Day buy visiting:  worldwaterday.org .

World Toilet Day is this week…

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What are we waiting for?

Did you line up to go to the toilet today? Did you have to walk into the darkness to relieve yourself? Did you hide in the bush to take a squat? Did you feel safe? Did you have to hold your breathe to survive the stench? Could you, and did you wash your hands?

2.5 billion people are waiting for access to improved sanitation, and better hygiene options.

World Toilet Day is this week, marked by the “day” on November 19th. Whether you stand, sit or squat – be counted.

What can you do today to make a difference?