Sustainable Water Infrastructure
Chlorine Chemistry Foundation® is helping to build permanent water
supply, treatment and distribution systems for small communities
in developing countries. With training and support from on-the ground
partners, these systems can be operated and maintained by the local
community to provide sustainable access to safe drinking water.
The West Africa Water Initiative (WAWI)
World Chlorine Council (WCC) is an active partner in the West Africa
Water Initiative (WAWI). Through the Chlorine Chemistry Foundation,
WCC members are providing funds to purchase PVC pipe, water disinfectants,
and related materials for WAWI water supply projects reaching approximately
WAWI is a multi-partner alliance that focuses on providing increased
water supply and sanitation services, improving public health, and
promoting integrated water resources management in some of the most
arid regions of the world. WAWI partners combine resources and skills
to leverage funding from public and private sources, gain cost efficiencies,
increase advocacy power with government policy makers, and develop
more innovative and effective models of action. Currently, WAWI's
work is focused in regions of Ghana, Mali and Nigeria.
more about WAWI]
Clean Water Initiative for Central America
In 2006, the Chlorine Chemistry Foundation awarded its second grant
to support the New Forest Project's Clean Water Initiative in Central
America. The program 1) provides low-cost chlorinators for drinking
water systems in rural communities in Honduras and in El Salvador;
2) supports a "chlorine bank" to supply disinfection products and
other services; and 3) helps train and support "circuit riders"
to provide technical assistance for local water system operators.
With our ongoing support, as well as separate contributions from
Arch Chemicals, PPG Industries and OxyChem, the program is helping
to bring safe drinking water to more than 300,000 people.
more about the New Forest Project's Clean Water Initiative]
Community Water Supply for Loma Linda, El Salvador
The Chlorine Chemistry Foundation and Arch Chemicals have funded
a project to rehabilitate the potable water system in Loma Linda,
El Salvador, and reduce the now prevalent illnesses caused by waterborne
parasites and bacteria. This project by American Red Cross and the
El Salvadoran Red Cross will install a reservoir, pump, distribution
tank and chlorination system to provide clean water to all 54 families
in the village. Workers broke ground in September 2005, and the
project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2006. The water
supply project is not an isolated activity, but is part of broader
Red Cross efforts focused on improved health, increased production,
and better education.
"Teaching the value of chlorinated water and good hygiene
practices, and then seeing how the infant mortality rate in
a community decreases, is one of the best feelings that a
Red Cross Volunteer can have."
American Red Cross International Services Division
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