Lack of clean water
In 2013, Water2Life started its second project in Vietnam where water is everywhere but it’s undrinkable. This water challenge is the next for Grundfos employees and with a goal of providing clean water to ten communities within 3 years, we strive to continue the great success.
Vietnam is a country of water paradoxes with the biggest being: there is not a lack of water, but a lack of CLEAN water. There is basically water everywhere because of all the rivers and canals form the Mekong River. These are for many people the only source of water but the water is heavily polluted by heavy metals, chemical and bacteria. The only alternative is rainwater caught off the rooftops and kept in big jars. Rainwater is seen as being the cleanest drinking water and is kept for a long time. Buying bottled water is not considered an alternative for poor people as it is too expensive.
During dry seasons the concentration of chemicals in the water rises and forces the day labourers to wear rubber boots to avoid burning their skin. Also, clothes washing and taking bath in the river during dry seasons burn the skin and leaves it itching and damaged skin. Moreover, water borne diseases are everywhere and are causing huge problems for the locals
Therefore, the need for clean drinking water is enormous, and Water2Life will help and bring clean drinking water to Vietnam within the next 3 years. Also, Water2Life will in cooperation with our local NGO partner East Meets West educate the locals also children in correct handling, usage and disposal of water to avoid contamination.