Water is an essential resource for life and good health. A lack of water to meet daily needs is a reality today for one in three people around the world.
When Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote “water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” he did not have the 21st century’s global water situation in mind. But allowing for poetic license, he wasn’t far from correct
Today, the availability of water for drinking and other uses is a critical problem in many areas of the world.
Globally, the problem is getting worse as cities and populations grow, and the needs for water increase in agriculture, industry and households.
Most people in developing countries still collect drinking water from contaminated water sources using storage vessels such as water pots, jerry cans, jars, canisters etc. Even the water collected at stand posts is often contaminated due to pollutants entering the pipelines due to deteriorated infrastructure coupled with low pressure and intermitted water supply. The consequences of drinking contaminated water are infections like cholera, typhoid and dysentery that cause illnesses and deaths. If clean and safe drinking water could be provided these diseases could be prevented.
We are developing point-of-use treatment technologies in combination with improved water storage and handling can significantly improve microbial water quality.