Water2life in Vietnam
In 2013, Water2Life started its second project in Vietnam where water is everywhere but it’s undrinkable. This water challenge was the next for Grundfos employees, with a goal of providing clean water to ten communities within three years.
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.
Through Water2Life in Vietnam:
- Safe water was brought to 27,000 people and 19,404 cattles in ten local communities
- 109,685 meters of pipelines were laid out to deliver clean water to households
- CO2 emissions were reduced by 40% after installing a solar panel system to local waterworks
- Together with our local NGO partner, Thrive Networks, we engaged locals and children in the handling, usage and disposal of water to avoid contamination