APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
WorldWater's technologies provide sustainable, immediate, on-site infrastructure for the provision of clean, safe drinking water and renewable power anywhere in the world at anytime. In areas where traditional infrastructure is compromised, unreliable or non-existent, WorldWater products provide immediate, self-contained, easy to use, distributed water and power infrastructure.
Availability of clean water reduces water-borne illness. The water and power capabilities of WorldWater's technologies also effectively enhance agricultural production to achieve food security and nutritional wellness goals; can be used to power clinics and schools augment education and health; and can be employed toward industry and marketplace activities, thus providing economic development to reduce poverty and amplify opportunities for business development. WorldWater products have been installed in LDCs, remote areas, and disaster zones around the world.
In response to the 2010 floods in Pakistan, ACS Energy Advisors and WorldWater are committed to bringing solar powered water purification and energy generation machines to address both the immediate and critical need for clean drinking water to prevent disease and death, as well as to provide installed, sustainable infrastructure for ongoing recovery and development.
ACS Energy Advisors and WorldWater are committed to working with local people in Pakistan in the installation, use, and maintenance of their water purification systems. As such, they are forming partnerships with local government officials and NGOs working in Pakistan to identify site installations likely to have the greatest impact for the first wave of technology installations, totaling 100 - 200. They have already begun to develop partnerships with local Pakistani businesses to provide business opportunities and a source of revenue by spearheading the delivery of water purification filters and fulfilling maintenance agreements for the soon-to-be-installed base of solar powered water purification systems.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
Identification of installation sites will be informed by local partners on the ground including Pakistani government officials and local officials, NGOs, and business partners. Identification of sites is expected to begin in early September 2010. Selection of sites for the immediate need represented by 100 -200 solar powered water purification systems is expected to be completed by the end of 2011. In parallel, the manufacturing of additional machines will commence and continue over the next 3 years.
The first 100 -200 machines intended to provide immediate relief and health will be installed through 2011. In parallel, additional machines will be manufactured to further support Pakistan's transition to long term and sustainable water provision. Manufacturing of additional machines to meet the larger, ongoing need is expected to continue for the next 3 years. The life of each machine is over 25 years.
Since August 14, 2010, 20 million people have been directly affected by the flooding in Pakistan (BBC News). Displaced, hungry, and without clean water; these millions of men, women, and children are at high risk of contracting life-threatening illness and face years of work trying to rebuild their communities, businesses, homes, and lives. Traditional infrastructure will require many years and millions of dollars to reconstruct. By taking advantage of readily available and reliable technology offered by WorldWater & Solar Technologies, the people of Pakistan can restore their basic infrastructure (water and power) right now and at a fraction of the cost of traditional capital projects. The utilization of this technology will help to save lives and jumpstart Pakistan's recovery process.
Each of WorldWater's solar powered water purification systems is capable of delivering up to 30,000 gallons of potable water, 24 hours a day, regardless of weather conditions. Reverse osmosis purification technology is also available. International Red Cross standards indicate that one liter per person per day is required to sustain life. According to these calculations, one WorldWater system can serve 113,530 people every day. As Pakistan moves away from disaster response into a sustained recovery and development phase, the systems will remain. WHO indicates each man, woman, and child requires 5 gallons of clean water per day for drinking, cooking, washing, and other activities, thus each machine can serve 6,000 people daily. The ongoing sustainability of the immediate water and power infrastructure provided by WorldWater is highly applicable both in terms of disaster relief as well as with ongoing recovery and development programs to come including WASH, agricultural projects, and economic development projects.
Bringing life-saving clean water to just a fraction of the people affected by Pakistan's flooding would be hugely impactful. While ACS Advisors and WorldWater are striving to serve all of the 20 million people affected by the flooding, the project is being managed in smaller pieces in order raise funds and oversee responsible installation and training of field partners. To serve all 20 million people affected by the Pakistan flooding in meeting the immediate topical needs of drinking water in an emergency situation 100 -200 solar powered water purification machines are required. Transitioning to ongoing pure water delivery and reliable, renewable energy delivery, a total of 3,300 machines will need to be installed.
WorldWater solar powered water purification systems are the lowest cost clean water delivery systems available today, producing water for small fractions of a penny over the first few years of the system alone. WorldWater & Solar Technologies, Inc. has a ready supply of consumable parts and spares which can be shipped all over the world. Local and regional representatives are also able to supply ongoing spare parts and consumables. Most importantly, the purposeful design of the solar powered water purification system allows for consumable parts such as filters and the AGM Gel Batteries to be purchased locally as off-the-shelf items.
In past installations, community members have taken ownership of the system and established mechanisms for ongoing maintenance and operation.