Water is needed for survival and the effort people expend to get it varies drastically around the world.
In some countries you just turn on the faucet and your water is there. Here in Nepal that’s not always the case. According to Water Aid Nepal, “Over 3 million people in Nepal have no choice but to get water from wherever they can.” Sometimes, the water is from a stream or river, sometimes from a spring, sometimes from a community water tap, like the one shown above.
Many people do not have water systems in their house. Usually it is the job of a girl or woman to walk to a water source to fill up jugs for their families to use. They do this every day, carrying the heavy jugs full of water back to their homes. The women of Nepal are so resilient and strong!
The water they get is not usually ready to drink and needs to be boiled or filtered first. “In the rural lowlands and the mountains, the distance to water sources is great and water supplies are often polluted with naturally occurring arsenic. Open defecation also spreads diseases across living environments.” –Water Aid Nepal. According to The Water Project, “Children under the age of five are the most affected with an estimated 44,000 children dying every year in Nepal from waterborne diseases.”
Some of the Purnaa employees walk every day before work to get water for their families.
At Purnaa, we get two water deliveries each week. The water truck fills up at a spring in the mountains and then delivers to our tank 3 times a week.
Multiple times a day, we turn on a pump to get water up to a tank on the roof so that we have enough pressure for water to flow through our office.
In the kitchen we’ve installed a Reverse Osmosis, UV-ray filter for our drinking and cooking water. It is common to see employees filling up their water bottles at work!