Gone are the days when you could scoop a cup of clean water out of a lake or stream and drink it without any consequences. All over the world, much of water is contaminated with bacteria, parasites, pesticides and other chemicals. In the developed world, expensive high tech filters and processes using chlorine gas ensure that safe water is delivered under pressure to our homes.
In the developing world, it is a different story. People use the local river or lake to get water to wash their clothes, bathe, cook and drink. Unfenced animals wander along the shore.
WAC uses a variety of simple technologies to provide clean water.
Do you want to help us bring these technologies to the people who need them?
Exploring Effective and Affordable Solutions
1. WELL DRILLING
Water Ambassadors Canada drill teams are involved in drilling shallow well projects. Our teams consist of eight volunteers, both men and women, and our typical trips are 6-8 days. The majority of these trips are to developing countries in Central America and the Caribbean.
Even if you have never done anything like this before, our trained bilingual staff will walk you through the steps to drill a well.
Watch the video below for more information about shallow well drilling
2. WELL REPAIR
It is estimated that over half of the wells in most developing countries are broken.
The expensive part of the well (drilling, casing, developing) is already done. You remove the broken pipes and replace with new plumbing.
Our leaders will show you how to remove the broken plumbing and replace with new parts. A team can repair one well a day.
Watch the video below for more information about well repair
The portable EDGEoutreach M-100 generates chlorine gas from common table salt (sodium chloride) using a 12 volt battery. These units can be attached to a plumbing system in a school, hospital or village. Injecting chlorine gas into the water is how most developed cities in the world clean the water.
This simple system can produce up to 40,000 litres of clean water daily.
No other treatment has a track record that compares with chlorination!
How Does It Work?
Watch the video below for more information about water chlorination
4. WATER FILTRATION: The Sawyer PointONE Filter™
The Sawyer filter gives instant pure water. It requires no electricity and is very lightweight.
The contaminated water passes through the Hollow Fiber Membrane, a technology developed for kidney dialysis. The PointONE Filter™ pores are so small (0.1 micron absolute) that no bacteria, protozoa, or cysts like E. Coli, Cholera and Typhoid can get through. Backwashing periodically, as needed, is the simple maintenance required.
Water Ambassadors Canada has supplied Sawyer filters in Bunia in the D. R. Congo.
Sawyer filters are effective in homes shared by several families and in refugee camps or other disaster relief situations where there is some water available.
Watch the video below for more information about Sawyer filters
5. BIO-SAND FILTERS
Bio-Sand Water Filters use layers of sand and gravel to filter out materials. They have a wet biological layer (a mini-swamp) on top.
This small ecosystem kills the pathogens and produces enough water for a single household.
Dr. David Manz first conceptualized the household bio-sand filter in the late 1980s at the University of Calgary.
6. HEALTH & HYGIENE
Over 30,000 people die every day from diseases caused by unsafe drinking water and the lack of sanitation or the understanding of basic hygiene. These people are focused on survival and providing the very basic needs for their families.
To those of us blessed to live in Canada it is difficult to believe that these conditions exist. Many people in the developing world bathe in, wash their clothing in and allow their animals access to the same water source that they take their drinking water from. They just don't know any better.
Water Ambassadors Canada provides a two-day training program that will equip you with the skills and instructional techniques to teach local women about health and basic hygiene practices that will benefit their families. Topics covered include hand washing, disease transmission, basic sanitation and the need to protect their clean water source.
Watch the video below for more information about our health and hygiene program