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Water Purification in Remote Locations

Fresh water is one of our most vital resources and when our water is polluted it is not only devastating to the environment, but also to human health. Each person on our planet requires at least 20 to 50 liters of clean and safe water per day for drinking, cooking, and cleaning.

The importance of water purification and clean water

Polluted water is more dangerous than you might think. Every year 1.8 million people die of diarrheal diseases, like cholera. The United Nations, therefore, considers universal access to clean water a basic human right. A statement we very much believe in. Water-poor communities are typically economically poor as well, their residents trapped in an ongoing cycle of poverty. That’s why humanitarian organizations are needed to provide aid. They enable affected regions to make an essential step towards decreasing the number of people affected by polluted water. 

Supplying aid in the midst of a calamity may leave you without any safe water stores. The other option left is to use water from nature. Drinking straight from nature is not a good idea because it exposes users to germs, viruses, bacteria and other impurities which may result in infections or stomach problems. Luckily, you can simply turn water from nature into clean drinking water using multiple ways for water purification which make it safe for use to keep yourself and others around you healthy and clean.

  • Boiling water
    This is the oldest and safest method of purification, whether you're helping after a natural calamity or helping children who need water so as to continue their education. Boiling water for 1 minute will purify water according to the Washing State Department of Health. At altitudes above one mile, you should increase the boiling time to three minutes.
  • Bring a water purifier
    In the developing world, 80% diseases are water-related. The World Health Organization states that the provision of safe water alone will reduce diarrheal diseases by up to 50%. Bringing a water purifier can help yourself and the local population. There are many solutions available for this, such as the LIFESAVER drinking bottle.
  • Use water purification tablets
    There is a wide variety of water purification tablets available. They kill pathogens in water to make it safe for human consumption. Such tablets are frequently used by humanitarians and outdoors enthusiasts to refill their water supply from freshwater sources. Next to killing pathogens, most tablets are also designed to kill micro-organisms in water to prevent cholera, typhoid, dysentery and other water-borne diseases. Be prepared! Some types of tablets may leave behind an unpleasant taste.

Lack of clean drinking water is a very significant problem in many developing countries. There are many organizations working day in day out to improve the situation at such vulnerable locations.

  • WASH
    They are a multi-national consortium of over 100 partners worldwide. By working together with local NGOs, governments, and businesses, they make sure everybody on this planet gets access to sustainable water and sanitation.
  • Water for People
    ​Water For People exists to promote the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services, accessible to all, and sustained by strong communities, businesses, and governments.
  • Water Aid
    Their mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

We’ve been exceptionally organizing humanitarian group travel for more than 60 years. We have consistently listened to our clients to improve customer service and we’re dedicated to adding value to humanitarian travel through our legacy. Because of this, we know the world you work in. Therefore, we provide essential travel tips specifically suited for humanitarian travelers and travel managers.