In previous posts, there has been an emphasis on the issues surrounding our world’s water crisis. A common discussion point of those posts is the accessibility to the many water sources inhabiting earth. With an ever-increasing population, the earth has attempted to sustain this growing population with a constant desire and need for water. This becomes difficult when larger countries are carelessly depleting and taking advantage of their easier access to water. When the word ‘water’ is continuously presented by itself, it has the vulnerability to be digested by people in many different ways. For example, if you (assuming you live somewhere in Pennsylvania) were to hear someone say “I drank a glass of water today” you are most likely going to assume that the water was clean and safe to drink and would ultimately not have an effect on the person’s well being. You may also assume that that person only had to walk to the nearest fountain and lift a faucet knob in order to retrieve that water. However, these well-intended assumptions can inhibit a person’s awareness of how other people in the world view their access to clean water.
Clean water sources and access to them has rapidly transformed into a global and social justice issue felt by many families, communities, states, and countries. There are plenty of well-intended organizations out there attempting to help out developing countries and their access to clean water, however, some are not entirely just in their processes, fail to sustain themselves, or just flat out aren’t enough in terms of reaching everyone that feels this issue. When browsing the different organizations or institutions, I came across the organization called ‘Splash’. Splash is a non-profit organization that dedicates themselves to bringing clean water resources to children in developing countries or countries with unsafe water sources. A non-profit organization quite frankly means that all proceeds will filter through to ground-work for promoting and implementing clean water in cities for these children. It doesn’t mean that no money is cycled through the company, it simply means that none of the founders or workers are profiting a good amount from their efforts.
Splash works in the following countries: China, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Brazil, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Each country is approached differently based on their demographics, environment, resources, etc. Splash designs projects that over a course of 10-15 years long are carefully observed and have their progress recorded over that time. This allows Splash to determine if what they are doing is working or if they need to figure out an alternative. Their mission is to bring clean water, hygiene, and healthy habits to places that might not have access to those core life values. Specifically, Splash representatives will work with orphanages, hospitals, schools, and shelters. Their intention is to first and foremost set up point-of-source water filtration systems, however, they have recognized that in order to have their actions sustain themselves, there must be education on why these practices are important to their health. Furthermore, Splash conducts education sessions with these children so there are healthy hygiene habits instilled and practiced through their daily lives. In addition to this, they are adamant about working and building relationships with the local governments and businesses because they also recognize that in order to see change and progress initially, you need to include the stakeholders of your operation or idea.
Here is a diagram of the systems that they set up in some of the places they visit. Point-of-source filtration systems reduce the costs and labor involved in setting up underground filtration systems. Additionally, the water is then filtered right before it passes through the faucet making it easy to use and move around if need be. Their systems have a technology to them that allows quick delivery of safe drinking water.
The water will pass through a series of filters that filter out different particles and viruses that are harmful to humans if consumed. From there it is passed through UV disinfection to eliminate microbes in the water. Ultimately this eliminates the amount of child diseases related to consumption of unsafe drinking water.
In terms of the organization itself, Splash is almost entirely sustainable according to our class definition. The only thing that would make them unsustainable would be if they lost the amount and frequency of their donations. Because their income is primarily donations, if they were to stop receiving them, they would no longer be in business. Check out their website! www.Splash.org
“Diagram.” Splash.org, Eric Stowe, Oregon, www.splash.org/how.