The Need for Innovation in Sanitation
1000 children died yesterday...
1000 children die every day from a diarrheal disease by contaminated water and poor sanitation. We take toilets and clean water for granted and are commonplace for the majority of us, yet still, 2.3 billion people live without access to basic sanitation and 1.1 billion without access to clean water which is a human right. There are solutions to suit the different needs around the world, so why is this still happening? Because a lot of governments and the private sector do not see the inherent value to invest in these areas even though there is a need; and for every dollar invested in sanitation, you see a five dollar return on social-economic benefits.
“Seeing the global sanitation and water crisis first hand and the devastating effects it can have on the lives of people is driving us to develop new sustainable solutions that work for the communities.” Thomas Fudge, CEO & Founder.
We are proposing a new solution, focusing on not only providing sanitation but a system that sees the waste as a resource and incorporates the circular economy. As well as recovering vital resources it offers an opportunity to grow their economy by producing fertiliser for crops and sustainable energy.
WASE has developed global partnerships with NGOs and Social enterprises that have the same mission as us to ‘eradicate poor living conditions by providing sustainable solutions to provide sanitation and clean water to everyone who needs it’. Through this, we are developing systems for refugee camps and underserved communities that lack basic sanitation. Through our partnerships, we will be developing the systems with the communities to understand their needs and cultural preferences.
Currently, we are planning a field research trip to Bihar in India in July; to analyse the water, the current systems they have and to get a better understanding of what the community needs.
“Did you know that 80% of all the worlds’ wastewater flows back into the rivers and oceans without being treated?” UN Water, 2018
This is the prime reason diseases are so prevalent and spread so quickly; which is why WASE is offering a decentralised wastewater treatment solution that can be seamlessly integrated into communities, as it is an easily scalable design that is suitable for a wide range of solutions, finally confronting the problem that 2.3 billion people face.
World water day 22nd March, on its 25th birthday is dedicating the year to looking at natural ways to solve this crisis mentioned. We ask today for you to consider the problems people are facing, by becoming part of the community that is helping to initiate and drive change, so everyone has access to sanitation and clean water.
To find out more, please get in contact and offer your support to put an end to this crisis.