There is a Global Water Crisis
1.1 billion people live without clean drinking water
While the world's population tripled in the last century, the use of renewable water resources grew six-fold.
Within the next 50 years, the world population will increase by another 40-50 %.
This population growth - coupled with industrialization and urbanization - will result in increased demand for water and negative consequences on the environment.
1.8 million people die every year from waterborne diseases.
Due to modern infrastructures and industrialization, few inhabited places in our world have clean water sources.
Most ground water near human populations tend to be polluted,
making it increasingly likely that waterborne diseases are present in untreated water.
The Water Crisis in the Dominican Republic
2 million people struggle to obtain affordable, clean water in the DR
Due to frequent flooding and earthquakes, clean water is rarely found naturally in the DR.
From the president to the poorest of the poor, everyone must obtain their own source of clean water.
The right solution must be sustainable.
For communities caught in the crisis, the solution has to rely on existing infrastructure and not create a dependency on outside resources.
The solution must provide sustainable filtration systems that can be maintained locally.