Clean drinking water, where it is not always a matter of course
Our Carbon offset project in Odisha in India
Water treatment, Odisha, India
In India, more than two million children die from cholera or typhoid fever each year. Such diseases are spread mainly through drinking water. But only 32 percent of households in India have access to treated water. Many of them have to make do with boiling their water over an open fire. In turn, the smoke resulting from this causes diseases in the respiratory tract (which are sometimes fatal) or eye infections. Due to the high consumption of firewood, the region is increasingly being deforested.
A simple and affordable supply of safe drinking water can do a lot here. That is why this project organises the chemical treatment of water using chlorine. The chloride solution is made on site, and the water is conveniently available in small village shops or delivered to people's homes. There is no more need to boil the water, which thus saves additional carbon emissions.
Contribution to the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)
More poor households have access to clean drinking water.
The project helps reduce diseases related to unsafe drinking water and air pollution from boiling it.
Information campaigns and street theater help educate people about health risks from unsafe drinking water.
This project ensures access to safe drinking water in rural areas of India.
The project has created 750 jobs for engineers, scientists, project managers, chlorine production, and in water sale and distribution.
Safe drinking water also for poor families.
Families avoid carbon emissions from boiling their drinking water and they need less wood or coal which protects local forests from deforestation.
How does technology for clean drinking water help fight global warming?
Two billion people in the world have no access to clean drinking water. Many families have to boil their drinking water over an open fire, resulting in CO2 emissions and deforestation. Where water can be cleaned chemically (e.g. with chlorine) or mechanically (with filters), or where groundwater can be provided from wells, these CO2 emissions can be avoided.