We've all seen the headlines
It’s a perfect storm fed by climate change.
While we can’t stop the storm from coming, WaterAid can make sure that everyone, everywhere has the water they need, whatever the weather.
How do we do it?
Photo Credit: WaterAid/Prashanth Vishwanath
Photo Credit: WaterAid/Prashanth Vishwanath
We work with people
We work with the communities left furthest behind to build water supplies that keep pumping, come rain or shine. We’ve been doing this for 40 years, working with industry partners and side-by-side with people in countries that are among the worst affected by climate change.
Leyew Animut is one of many local experts we work with to get clean water to people. A manager at a water services company in Ethiopia, he says:
Even though climate change has a huge effect nationally, we have witnessed its direct effect on our Institution’s work. Without rain, the water from the spring gets lower. This forces people to queue for water.
When people have water, they can keep their hygiene properly. Previously people used to travel to far places to fetch water but now many households have tap water at home.
We enable people to share knowledge
We pool knowledge and share expertise so that communities can learn from each other.
Right now, people young and old around the world are championing the right to water, demanding better investment in sustainable water solutions from their governments, and calling the world’s attention to the impact that climate change is having on their access to clean water.
Anita Das lives with her husband and four children in Trimohoni village, Khulna, southwestern Bangladesh. The area is prone to flooding, and the country itself is one of the worst affected by climate change.
Earlier we had a makeshift latrine by the lake. Most of the time it used to overflow we could smell the rancid smell of human waste.”
We worked with local partners Rupantar to build a raised, flood-resistant toilet as part of a project in Anita’s village.
When we started using the toilet built by WaterAid and Rupantar, I noticed a significant change in my health and my family's as well.
We used to suffer from diarrhea and stomach upsets almost every month but after the toilet was built, stomach upsets have become a rare case for my family.
We use technology
Technology is the best defense against the uncertainty that climate change brings. Through industry partnerships, both national and international, we empower communities with water technologies that can be easily adapted to their context.
These technologies include:
- building raised taps and toilets that can withstand floods
- drilling boreholes to get to water deep underground
- installing robust pipe networks
- creating reservoir tanks in hilly areas that feed water to communities downhill
- using energy from solar panels to pump water from underground
- building water vending machines that dispense water
Climate-resilience in the field
Here are some examples of our climate-resilient solutions.
Tap the sun
We use solar power to power water pumps.
Built to Last
We install robust, climate-resilient pipes.
Going Deeper Underground
We use drills to drill borehole wells that can access ground water deep underground.
(A recent water project had a 60 meter deep borehole well!)
(Did you know that ground water represents a huge, untapped source of clean water? Read our Ground Water Report to learn how the solution to water scarcity could be right under our feet.
We install elevated taps and toilets that can withstand floods. This helps to prevent the spread of disease in the event of a flood as the toilet system will not contaminate the drinking water.
We provide rainwater storage tanks to use as a backup supply in the dry season.
Smart chips monitor the incoming water volume and outgoing water usage. These smart meters send alerts to the community. This insight allows the community to plan their water usage together.
The solutions exist, we just need your help to get the work done.
This is where you come in
We provided training for 30-year-old farmer, Justine. Now, she regularly monitors this rain gauge installed in Bonam village, Burkina Faso.
"I had heard about this rain gauge technology before but I had never seen it and I didn't know how it worked
By installing this here it will help us monitor and measure the amount of rain in the village.
It will help us to better understand the rainfall and water management."
With the right technology and tools, communities can better prepare themselves against extreme and unreliable weather.
No, we can't stop climate change
We can help people live through climate change – today, tomorrow, and long into the future.
Whatever you decide today, I want to assure you that we will not pass people by because the environments they live in are harsh and uncertain. And we will not compromise on quick fixes that may not deliver in the long term.
The joy of clean water must be for everyone for always, not just for some and not just for today – so we will always find a way, whatever the future brings. Thank you so much for making that possible.If you have the means, please donate now.