Although over two-thirds of the earth is covered in water, 97% of it is salt water and only 3% is freshwater. Of the world's small supply of this precious resource, less than 1% is available for human consumption. Yet the demand for freshwater is growing twice as fast as the global population - across the globe, water consumption has tripled in the last 50 years (source: Water Sense http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/pubs/supply.html )
In the United States
Water usage in the United States increases every year and many regions are feeling the pressure – in the last 5 years every region of the country has experienced water shortages. Home use in the United States accounts for more than 50% of publicly supplied water – significantly more than either business or industry. Issues facing the United States in the areas of Water include, but are not limited to
Unsustainable high levels of water usage High irrigation demand Necessity for greater use of reclaimed/recycled greywater
In India and the developing world
While access to safe drinking water has improved over the last decade, approximately one billion people still lack access to safe drinking water and over 2.5 billion lack access to adequate sanitation. Source: http://www.unwater.org/downloads/sanitation.pdf
Many remote villages in India have highly contaminated water sources with extremely high levels of dissolved solids, fluoride, iron, arsenic and other toxic components. Specifically, A.P. has high fluoride levels of up to 10 mg/l (against tolerable levels of 1mg/l) in drinking water sources - both surface and underground.
Almost one-tenth of the global disease burden could be prevented by improving water supply, sanitation, hygiene and management of water resources.
Source: WHO, Safer Water, Better Health
Diarrhea – 1.4 Million preventable child deaths per year Malnutrition – 860,000 preventable child deaths per year Intestinal nematode infection – 2 Billion infections (1/3 of world’s population)
Our Approach to the Solution
Goals and Objectives
WGF seeks to educate the public and incubate new technologies designed to purify water and finding new sources of water.
India and Developing World
WGF goal is to provide access to clean drinking water to rural villages WGF seeks to purify polluted rivers, lakes and other water bodies by promoting research projects between Indian and US universities with similar interests.
Clean Drinking Water Plant (CDWP) – Location: Andhra Pradesh, India
Started in 2013, through a joint effort of volunteers from Hyderabad Chapter of IITB alumni with funding from WGF (initial project funded with support from an IITB Alumni from New York City), the CDWP projects seeks to fund, build, and provide ongoing maintenance support for clean drinking water plants in the Indian villages starting with Andhra Pradesh (A.P.) and Telangana. Since inception, the partnership with WGF/IITB has completed projects in the villages of Haveli Ghanpur and Nandi Kandi, provided access to clean drinking water to over 5 villages and currently seeks to replicate this model in 8 additional villages in AP.
Ron Mehta & Madhu Reddy