Safe water is free of pathogens. Waterborne disease reduces productivity and is a leading cause of child mortality – every 90 seconds a child dies due to water-related disease. Fortunately, pathogens are easily and inexpensively eliminated by disinfecting or filtering. A $1 investment in safe water and sanitation has a $4 economic return and a $5 return on public health.
We no longer have the luxury to worry solely about “safe” water. Today, water that is pathogen-free may contain agrochemicals or dissolved heavy metals and minerals like arsenic and fluoride that easily pass through ordinary filters. Arsenic and fluoride contamination is a locally acute, but globally distributed, public health problem – affecting upwards of 300 million around the world.
What happens when the well runs dry? This is a stark reality for many on our aquifer. As the water table drops, community wells are drying up and many are quite literally collapsing in on themselves — leaving entire villages without water access. Worldwide, 3.6billion people – or roughly half the global population – live in water scarcity conditions, largely due to depleting groundwater supplies.
Caminos de Agua is a team of 14 full- and part-time employees plus several graduate-level engineering and public interest interns from local and global institutions. We’re a mix of immigrant residents and Mexicans, technologists and community organizers, researchers and educators—united by our concern for public health and welfare. Read More.
We work with local communities and partner with leading research and academic institutions globally at the cutting edge of water quality issues.