Yesterday was World Water Day, a day that we rally behind every year to help raise awareness for water poverty and bring clean water access to folks in need here at home (in the US). As a company devoted to innovating water conservation technologies, we strongly stand by the need to advocate for the sustainable management of this natural resource. After all, water IS life.
To put it in perspective, around the world, there are more than 663 million people suffering from water poverty, meaning 1 in 10 people, do not have access to clean water.
And, if you thought that here in America, everyone has access to 100 gallons of water a day, you are WRONG! There are around 1.3 million Americans who don’t have access to clean or safe water.
In fact, uncontaminated drinking water is becoming a luxury in the United States– Reuters reported that over 3,000 areas in the United States have lead contamination.
Our nation’s aging water infrastructure – which in some places has been in use for more than 100 years! – needs urgent replacement, and is leading us to a major water crisis such as the one that is tragically still unresolved in Flint, Michigan.
Last year, Falcon partnered with our long standing nonprofit partner, Dig Deep,* to bring Baby Lisa back to her family. Due to lack of access to clean water and electricity in their home, Baby Lisa, who suffers from the life threatening microvillus inclusion disease, was forced to live 3 hours away from her family in a medical facility. With our support and the support of many others, Dig Deep was able to bring running water and electricity to their home, allowing baby Lisa to return home.
This year, we are back at it again and are partnering with Dig Deep to launch a campaign to bring clear water and conservation technologies to St. Michaels Association for Special Education (SMASE), which is the ONLY special needs school in the entire Navajo Reservation.
The water at SMASE has tested unsafe for levels of lead and arsenic– and also tested high in levels of iron, calcium, sulfate and decaying organic material, which cause a distinctive odor and color (black as you’ll see in the video). As you can imagine, this water is unfit for cleaning sensitive medical equipment used to care for students, drinking, cooking, or bathing.
Stay tuned on April 6th for more information about our partnership with Dig Deep and how we are helping to bring water to SMASE.
For more information, please visit the school’s website: waterforsaintmichaels.org
“These are people that can’t advocate for themselves. Some of them can’t even turn on a tap that’s in front of them. These are people that rely on us, on their teachers, on their government officials on society at large to make sure their most basic needs are taken care of. What’s more basic than having access to clean running water?” George McGraw, Founder, DigDeep*