The Global Water Crisis, Shrunk

NOTE: This is a guest post from Julia D., Content Manager for Hydros.

The global water crisis is a worldwide emergency — more than one billion people lack access to clean water. However, numbers like this can overwhelm us. When we hear that one billion people desperately need water, we can sometimes start seeing these people as mere statistics, instead of as people just like us who are in pain. If we’re going to solve the global water crisis, we’ll need to see people as people, instead of as numbers. Environmentalists do not recommend catch-all solutions for bringing water to the people who need it. Instead, they recommend sustainable water infrastructure projects tailored to communities.

Operation Hydros is currently partnering with Engineers Without Borders to build one such water infrastructure project in the agrarian village of Gundom, in northwest Cameroon. Before Project Gundom, seventy percent of Gundom’s drinking water sources were unprotected. None of Gundom’s drinking water sources were piped, so the three hundred villagers of Gundom each had to spend an hour every day collecting drinking water.

To bring water to Gundom, Operation Hydros is constructing two spring protection and distribution systems. These spring water systems will pipe purified water directly to hand-pumps, immediately transporting clean water to the people who need it. These spring water systems will be managed by the villagers who use them and will last for twenty-five years.

The world may seem large, but it is still smaller than you think. Operation Hydros has already helped solve Gundom’s water crisis. We look forward to helping other communities acquire and manage their water resources. When we break the world down into smaller communities, “global” problems become less daunting.


Operation Hydros is funded by Hydros Bottle, a filtering water bottle company whose mission is to end the global water crisis. Hydros Bottle donates one dollar from every bottle sold to sustainable water infrastructure projects like Project Gundom. This one dollar is enough to buy one villager one year’s worth of water.

Photo credit: Jay Parekh

45 comments

Richard C.
Richard C.5 years ago

Good luck to Patti Davita and all the delegates going to the World Water Day conference in NYC support patti and her remake 4 water project simply text remake4water to 41242 and your name/email to join the group and be notified on the movie remake updates, maybe even get a part??!!

David Hansen
David Hansen5 years ago

yes but simply collecting rain water in a high place and putting it thru a carbon/sand filter like the Romans did and then piping to the houses would be great too:)

Bernadette P.
Berny p5 years ago

family planning also has to be a key part of helping to ensure that these solutions are sustainable.


Lilithe Magdalene

May there be more organizations like Operation Hydros - I am so grateful to have access to clean water!!

Camila K.
Kamila A5 years ago

people, stop raging at one another. Instead, work together! Remember, its one small planet, and unless you are a murderer, we are all on it together and must make it work!!!!! We can do this, if we cooperate toward a solution!!!! No one should hoard the water, like Caterina said, its everyone's right to be able to have fresh clean water to drink.

Camila K.
Kamila A5 years ago

The Bush family bought huge tracts of land on fresh water aquifers in Uruguay. They knew the water disaster was coming.

caterina caligiuri

******** WATER MUST BE FOR EVERY CREATURE OF THIS PLANET ****************
WE - THE "CIVILIZATION COUNTRIES" HAVE NO RIGHT TO ABUSE THE USE OF WATER AS WE DO...IT DEPENDS ON ALL OF US ....WE MUST CHANGE IT...STARTING FROM CHANGING OUR MINDS AND OUR BEHAVIOUR I THINK IS THE ONLY REAL WAY TKS

caterina caligiuri

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Howard C.
.5 years ago

It is well past time that we started to regard water as a precious resource and not simply something that we take for granted.

Jane H.
Jane H5 years ago

Perhaps we need to start looking at ways to plan for water shortages. One way would be to stop polluting water.