In many places, drinking a sip of water can be extremely hazardous – even deadly. Sadly, many people in developing countries have no other choice but to get their water from contaminated streams or ponds – contamination that causes countless children to die needlessly from diarrhea and typhoid. To help tackle the water crisis, Operation Blessing has a multifold approach that includes deep water wells, community water systems, chlorination projects, water filters and catchment systems to provide solutions for families and communities whose water sources are unsafe and polluted or who have limited access to a safe water source.
From community-wide efforts to individual water carriers, Operation Blessing is providing safe water solutions to nations all around the globe by:
Building deep, solar-powered water wells in places like Kenya, where the sun is abundant and droughts frequent. In many communities, young girls sacrificed their education to walk several times a day to water. These wells not only shorten the distance to safe water but also free up their time so they may attend school.
Working with Aqua Research, OBI has developing a low cost, ultrafilter-based, water treatment system that can be used in low income households and disaster relief settings to remove all classes of microorganisms, including viruses, bacteria and protozoa.
In cooperation with PATH and Mountain Safety Research (MSR), Operation Blessing helped field test the SE-200, which runs off a 12-volt battery or wall plug and in six minutes produces enough chlorine to disinfect 50 gallons of water. This device is ideal for small communities, schools, churches and orphanages.
Distributing the inexpensive and effective Clarity filtration system. Untreated water is poured into the upper reservoir where it slowly gravity feeds through a ceramic filter that removes all pathogens and turbidity. Over 300 units are in place in a Honduran village where OB is conducting an anti-Zika mosquito eradication program.
Utilizing the H2gO Purifier, a handheld purification tool that is low cost, easy to use and able to generate chlorine disinfectant within minutes, during disasters like Hurricane Matthew and in remote regions to provide safe drinking water to families and entire villages.
Partnering with Parker Hannifin, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of water processing equipment, to field test and develop filtration systems for use in global community development.
Installing conventional hand pump water wells across India, Nigeria and other countries where millions are without access to sources of safe water.
Manufacturing chlorine for disinfection in Africa, Haiti and Latin America. One unit currently services the largest hospital in Juba, South Sudan, a system in Haiti processes over 1 million gallons a week and another helped in the fight against Ebola in Liberia.
Constructing concrete catchment systems—or reservoir tanks—for rural communities in Latin America.