Most of us in developed countries take clean water for granted. We wake up in the morning, turn on our faucets and have access to clean drinking water delivered right into our own homes.
That’s not the case in many remote, rural communities around the world. In many developing countries, women and children wake up every day and walk long distances just to access the local river or lake to get water to drink, cook and bathe with. These water sources, if available, are often contaminated by fecal waste, bacteria, parasites, pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
At Water Ambassadors Canada, we believe that access to clean water and proper sanitation should be a human right.
We work with local in-country partners to provide technologies that will ensure a clean, consistent source of water for communities.
In communities where water is scarce and water sources are far away, Water Ambassadors Canada helps deliver flowing water by drilling a well and fitting it when a hand pump. This process typically takes a team 4 to 5 days to drill a new well, and is completed with support and community engagement from local villages. One well can provide thousands of litres of safe, drinking water to communities large and small.
Well Repair & Rehabilitation
It’s estimated that over half the wells in most developing countries are broken. Through well repair and rehabilitation, our project teams help remove broken pipes and replace them with new plumbing. Typical repair jobs can be done in one day by our teams.
When there is an existing water source but it’s contaminated, water chlorinators are an efficient and cost-effective way to provide clean drinking water. Chlorination is the most widespread method of water disinfection. A single water chlorinator can provide up to 40,000 litres of clean water daily. Using common table salt and a 12-volt car battery, this system produces chlorine gas, which kills harmful coliforms and bacteria that cause disease.
Sawyer PointOne FilterTM
The Sawyer filter gives the gift of instant, pure water. Similar to the technology developed for kidney dialysis, contaminated water passes through the filter’s porous, fiber membrane that filters out protozoa, bacteria and other microbes that cause illness. The system is cost efficient and lightweight, making it perfect for homes, refugee camps and other disaster relief situations.
Sawyer Filter Station
A Sawyer Station involves utilizing several Sawyer filters simultaneously to filter contaminated pond water from one large tank to another. Developed by our in-country partners in Uganda, this system serves large communities with safe drinking water much more efficiently and effectively.
Bio-Sand Water Filters
Bio-Sand Water Filters, developed by Dr. David Manse at the University of Calgary, utilizes layers of sand and gravel to filter out harmful substances. After the initial month of usage, this system creates a wet biological layer at the top that helps fights against pathogens and contaminants. This closed ecosystem produces enough water for a single household and can last for many decades.
Water, Sanitization and Hygiene Training
Water Ambassadors Canada provides a one-day training program that will equip our project team members with the skills and instructional techniques to teach local men, women and children about health and basic hygiene practices that will benefit their families. Topics covered include hand washing, disease transmission, sanitation and the how to maintain their water technologies to ensure a consistent supply of clean water.