Blog: World Water Day 2018
With 35 years of dedication, expertise and passion in water treatment, atg Evoqua are proud to be supporting water projects around the world. This World Water Day, we are delighted to announce the opening of the Goram Goram Tower in the village of Bilandori, in Burkina Faso.
World Water Day began in 1993, to inspire people around the world to learn about water and the issues faced by many on a daily basis.
In the following 25 years, World Water Day has evolved into much more – inspiring individuals, communities and organisations to research, raise money and make changes which will impact generations to come in some of the poorest and most remote places on earth.
Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water, impacting their education, health and livelihoods. This year’s World Water Day theme is Nature for Water, which explores nature to provide poverty areas with fresh, clean water. Through planting new forest, re-joining rivers to flood plains and restoring wetlands, water charities are able to install sustainable, cost effective measures to re-balance the water cycle and make a lasting difference to communities.
Burkina Faso is the third poorest nation on Earth, with almost 50% of the population living below the poverty line. Where the piped water mains are situated, the supply can be dirty and unreliable, with many villages reliant upon open wells which are frequently dirty and dry up within a few months of the rainy season.
Myra’s Wells is a British charity, founded in 2006, who work directly with communities in Burkina Faso, drilling over 80 wells to provide a clean water source, allowing them to wash, clean and cook safely.
Since 2015, atg Evoqua have worked with Myra’s Wells, supplying communities with clean, safe water in some of the most remote regions of Burkina Faso. In 2017, atg UV proudly supplied the village of Bilandori with two fresh water supplies; a well and a water tower. The well was dug 90m deep and provides the community with 100 litres of hour per hour clean, safe water and is close to a local primary school.
However, the well’s close proximity proved a distraction to the students, so a 54-metre high, solar powered water tower was also constructed, ensuring clean water is available in multiple places, fed by the same borehole. The Tower and Myra’s Well both ensure that the village of Bilandori have a fresh supply of clean water.
To raise the much-needed funds needed by Myra’s Wells to support the community in Bilandori, atg UV’s Service and Support Manager, Lee, ran the 2017 London Marathon in 03:47:18. The figure raised by Lee was matched by atg UV, making a total of £5410.