“In sub-Saharan Africa, it’s estimated that more than a billion people lack clean water to drink, causing illnesses that ripple through the African continent.”
Water shortages in Africa, unfortunately, are not anything new. But with a tragedy of this scale come several silver linings as companies and organizations partner to do the work or create the technology our world needs.
The latest technology can be seen in the video abov from ABC 6 in Knoxville, Tennessee. In the video, we learn more about TivaWater, a Knoxville company that has developed a simple water filtration system that can be easily used by families in developing countries. The company, founded in 2008 and who still has only one US-based employee in founder Matt King, has sold more than 10,000 of these filtration systems to those families most in need. I encourage you to learn more about the company in the video above or by visiting the TivaWater website.
In Other Drinking Water News:
St. Patrick’s Day Tradition Continues With Greening of Chicago River
For this St. Patrick’s Day edition of Drinking Water News, you’ll detect a minor theme through some of these stories as we share the good and bad when it comes to green water. First, the good, with the beautiful images in the post above – one of which is shared – showing the annual tradition of dying the Chicago River green. This tradition has been going on more than 50 years, having started back in 1962.
Green Water Means Big Cost Savings
In the story above, Environmental Technology Online shares more about a different type of green water, as they describe how the installation of new dissolved ammonia monitors have helped UK companies more efficiently monitor levels of toxicity in river water. In total, installation of these new and efficient systems has helped these companies reduce operational costs by 80%.
Algae Blooms Taking Over Lake Erie
Unfortunately, not all green water stories can be happy ones, as the article and corresponding images above help to prove. In this article picked up by Business Insider, we learn more about the damage being caused to one of our great lakes by toxic green algae blooms, which pose risk to everything from populations of fish to family pets. Fortunately, a renewed focus on decreasing phosphorous levels and better industrial fertilization practices can help to reverse this trend.
Perham, Minnesota Students Raise Funds For Clean Water
The Interact Club, the student branch of the Rotary in Perham, Minnesota, has kicked off its latest fundraiser for clean drinking water. Donation jars throughout the town, once filled, will be sent to Ryan’s Well Foundation – a Canadian-based charity that helps to build wells, sanitation and necessary infrastructure in developing countries. For more information, or to make a direct donation, email Racole Karels at firstname.lastname@example.org. mn.us.
Partnership Seeks to Bring Clean Drinking Water to Haiti
Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, there has been a consistent need for clean drinking water. To help ensure efforts to meet this need continue to move forward, water charity RainCatcher is teaming with Jeremy Pape, Derek Reinhardt and Jason Coates (a videographer, photographer and world traveler, respectively) to raise $10,000. Learn more in the story above or on the RainCatcher website. You may also donate directly to this campaign here.
TOMS Shoes Expands Into Coffee & Clean Water
Since 2006, TOMS Shoes has donated a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes purchased on its site or in one of the stores that carry their line. This week comes the news that TOMS Shoes has expanded its efforts into the coffee business and clean water cause. Per the release above, the company will now donate one week’s worth of clean drinking water to someone in need for every $12.99 bag of coffee sold on its site. If you are a coffee fanatic, or are just looking for a strong and responsible way to kick off the morning of March 18th, we encourage you to visit TOMS Shoes website and pick up a bag today.
Water Filtration Product of the Week: Coffee Machine Filters
On St. Patrick’s Day, whether you rise early for a parade, go down slow after a heavy meal, or celebrate your heritage just a touch too hard, there is one truth we can almost certainly infer: On the morning of March 18th, a great cup of coffee will be a necessity.
Fortunately, we offer several types of coffee machine filters on our site, from the water filter cartridge pictured above that will fit into residentially-used Bosch / Siemens coffee machines, to Everpure coffee filters designed more for the larger systems used in cafes.
Whether your love for coffee keeps you home or led you to your dream of opening a business, make March 18th the day you set aside going forward to order the filters that will ensure you always pour the perfect cup.
If you need help finding the perfect coffee machine filter, I encourage you to call our customer service department at 1-888-801-PURE (7873.)
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