"Thousands have lived without love, not one without water."
- W.H. Auden
Today, around 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. Nearly a billion are forced to use hazardous water for cleaning, cooking, and bathing. Illnesses caused by unsafe water cost the world's children almost 443 million school days every year.
News anchors and celebrities call this the Global Water Crisis. In fact, every community in the developing world is unique, and every problem these communities face requires an individualized approach. There is no global water crisis: there are thousands of local water crises, and they all require localized solutions.
A newly-dug well can help children in Luanda, Kenya, spend their day in school instead of gathering water, while BioSand filters can prevent water-borne illnesses in El Bejuco, Nicaragua. There are no cookie-cutter solutions to the water crisis, just as there are no cookie-cutter communities or people.
The Pure Water Access Project is dedicated to providing culturally-sensitive, data-driven solutions in its mission to eliminate local water crises all over the world.