In times where access to clean drinking water is more crucial than ever, DayOne Response is making a difference.
Can you guess what is the most crucial thing for us when we go for a trek? No, it is not our camera, nor is it food but it’s something as simple as water.
Many of us unknowingly take access to clean drinking water for granted, but things drastically change if and when we travel to a new country. Not all parts of the world can always guarantee clean, safe water.
How would you feel if I told you that over 315’000 children die every year due to unsafe drinking water?
Yes, drinking polluted water won’t just make you sick, but it can kill you. There are many things that can make drinking water unsafe – natural pollutants, sediments, arsenic, bacteria, lead, viruses, humic acid, protozoan cysts, and DDT.
You will be shocked to know that whenever a natural disaster hits an area, it is sadly the water supply that often bears the brunt of it. Hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes often unsettle and pollute existing water supplies, causing a bigger catastrophe than the initial disaster itself.
Imagine a world where clean drinking water, which is every human’s birthright, was easily available everywhere. Thankfully, there are a few organisations such as Charity:Water, Water.org, Three Avocados, etc., that are making it easier for people in remote areas to access clean water.
One new enterprise that stands out is DayOne Response because they are not just working on providing access to clean drinking water to more people globally, but also bringing clean drinking water to disaster victims from day one. They have created an amazing product called the DayOne Waterbag – it’s a little backpack that purifies water.
The DayOne Waterbag can turn highly polluted water into safe drinking water in just 30 minutes. The water purification method is super easy, and literally everyone can do this.
To see how the DayOne Waterbag works, you can watch this mini video:
Looks like magic, no? Well, this Waterbag treats water using P&G flocculent, disinfectant packets, and a filter. It removes viruses, cysts, bacteria, DDT, arsenic and many other pollutants from contaminated water sources. This water purification method has been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
One of the users of this bag, who often drank water from a nearby pond, said when he sees the dirt at the bottom of the bag, he told himself to never again drink the water directly from the pond.
When full, one backpack can hold 10 litres of water, so is usually sufficient for a family of four people. Each DayOne Waterbag comes with 60 packets of water purifiers, which can provide a total of 600 litres of water. The bag is lightweight and can be transported efficiently on a large scale fast enough for disaster relief.
Just to state facts, DayOne has already supplied 15 million litres to more than 20 countries. They have won several awards and their most recent one was Intel Environment Award. Their next target is to double that impact and expanding into Ethiopia, Kenya, Thailand, the Philippines, UAE, and Panama.
Guess what! You can help them achieve that target.. and no, I’m not asking you to donate your money for this. Just being aware of the work that they are doing and spreading the word is enough.
Head over to their website, have a read of the amazing goals they are trying to achieve, and be inspired! Access to clean drinking water is one of the most important things in the world right now.
Are you ready to make a positive difference?