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