Providing Clean and Safe Water on World Water Day
Every year on March 22, World Water Day serves as potent reminder of the need to safeguard global access to clean water, and for the third year in a row, Gen™ is taking up the call to action.
The company has once again partnered with Planet Water Foundation to deliver clean drinking water to rural communities in India. For this year’s project, Gen volunteers will work alongside Planet Water Foundation representatives to construct a new AquaTower at the Arignar Anna Municipal School in Anumandputheri, Tamil Nadu, a village of 2,250 people.
“We are so glad Gen has returned as one of our World Water Day program partners for 2023,” said John Deotrakul, Director of Global Communications & Development for Planet Water Foundation. “We have already seen the enormous impacts that our work together in past years has had on communities in Keerapakkam and Vandavasi, and we are thrilled to expand those efforts with this new AquaTower in Anumandputheri. The safe drinking water and hand-washing access that these projects provide revolutionize the overall health and wellness of these communities.”
The Arignar Anna Municipal School, which serves 340 elementary and middle school students, sees absenteeism spike during the rainy season because of waterborne diseases. With no water filtration system in the village, students have no choice but to drink polluted water, and the resulting sicknesses cause them to miss school.
The AquaTower is a water filtration system capable of producing 1,000 liters (~265 gallons) of clean drinking water per hour and functions as a handwashing station for students, caregivers, and family members. The clean water this system provides will help keep these children well enough to attend school and prevent illnesses in the school community and beyond.
This project is one of 22 similar initiatives across six countries that Planet Water Foundation will undergo for this year’s World Water Day, all in support of progress toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) of achieving water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Gen supports SDG 6, as well as several other SDGs, described in more detail in our 2022 Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Report.
The U.N. first announced World Water Day in 1993, and in recent years, this day has become a rallying cry for an urgent response to the global water crisis. Planet Water Foundation has worked since 2009 to meet these needs, delivering safe drinking water through the AquaTower, water-health and hygiene behaviors through its education programs, and surface disinfection systems through its AquaSan equipment. The organization has reached more than three million people in 26 countries.
Our partnership with Planet Water Foundation is one example of our commitment to environmental stewardship. You can read more about how we help protect the planet in our 2022 ESG Report.