How we are solving the safe water crisis
WaterStep’s strategy of success:
3-part strategy: simple technology, a scalable training method, and an entrepreneurial approach to development
We start by providing simple technology whether it be a community water system, point of use water system, or a small scale water utility. The key to all of these systems is the process of chlorniation that makes the water safe to drink by killing the bacteria, viruses and other microbes. These solutions are durable, cost-effective and easy to learn how operate. All it takes is one of WaterStep’s tools, salt, water, and a low voltage battary to make water safe to drink.
WaterStep combines our tools with a holistic community model approach implemented by our in country heros to reach individuals not just at the community level, but family and individual level too. Once a safe water system is installed, our in country heros hold trainings on best health and hygiene practices identifying stakeholders at the different levels:
Community: teaching how to use the water system
Family: teaching basic health and hygiene so bacteria and viruses do not spread
Individual: teaching Practice hand washing
By ensuring that the whole community is educated at different levels on best health and hygiene practices communities can take ownership of their safe water needs on an ongoing basis, thus the community will be able to take care of their water safety needs for years to come.
4.2 million people
This improvement of Community health, achieved through safe water and proper hygiene, means less illness, more children in school getting an education, and more economic opportunity.