Exciting Announcement: Doulton Supports the W3 Project

Doulton, one of the world’s largest makers of ceramic filters, is supporting the W3 charity Project. The W3 Project is building a community of people who walk in the pursuit of health and wellness for everyone. This project helps to provide clean drinking water for those who do not have access to it.

According to Dee Rubina, Marketing Manager at Filtersfast.com:

“The W3 Project is thrilled to be in partnership with Doulton. This is a great way to provide clean, safe drinking water to those who are in need of it. This will touch many lives on so many levels and we couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity.”

The W3 Project is a partnership between FiltersFast.com, Wine To Water and TrekDesk. This charity project collects mile donations to inspire everyone to reach their fitness goals while helping others. As of this writing, over 22,000 miles have been donated to the W3 Project.

According to Tim Evans, Business Development Executive (North America), Doulton Water Filters, UK:

“W3 was a project that really caught our imagination…we feel sure that Doulton customers will be as thrilled as we are to know that with each Doulton purchase, they will be having a positive impact on the quality of life of people in desperate need, and it will not cost them an additional cent.”

Doulton has been a producer of eco-friendly, reusable cartridge filters for over 185 years. Doulton aims to provide safe, healthy, great-tasting drinking water wherever and whenever you need it. Millions of ceramic filters are produced by Doulton annually which currently sells in 140 countries worldwide.

One of the products Doulton sells is the Doulton HCPS Twin Counter Top System which is a two stage Doulton counter top water purifier system. This Doulton counter top system is a free standing system which utilizes Doulton ceramic technology for thorough home water filtration. It is easily installed on existing cold water faucets or mixer faucets via a diverter valve and the UltraCarb Ceramic Filter Candle fits this system and will filter out bacteria, cysts and chlorine.

Seeds of Moringa Tree Used to Purify Water

An ancient technique for purifying water may offer new hope for the over 1 billion people who have no access to clean drinking water.  The Moringa oleifera tree has been used for hundreds of years by people in Sudan to purify water, as well as for food.  The method has never been widely disseminated, but in 2010 a publication by Michael Lea revealed the Moringa tree’s properties.  According to Lea, when the seeds of this tree are crushed into powder and mixed with surface water, a reduction of bacteria by 90-99 percent can be achieved.

This news provides great hope for those living in areas where the tree is widely grown, including Africa, Central and South America, India, and Southeast Asia. In Ghana, the Moringa tree is grown on plantations, and its leaves are used for food and the seeds used as a spice. According to the UN site IRIN, the tree grows quickly and resists drought, and can be grown in many areas.  The seeds are soft and can be easily crushed, the IRIN site further states.  The fact that the tree is already widely grown, and the ease with which the seeds can be crushed, make this method ideal for those without other sources of water purification.

Kebreab Ghebremichael, a water purification expert with UNESCO, states that using the seeds of Moringa tree is probably best employed at a household level.  According to him, the seeds would pose problems with odor and taste if forced to sit for extended periods of time when used on a large scale basis.  He further states that this method would work better for surface water than with underground water, and that it is best used for emergencies and where other methods of water purification are not available.

The World of Water Education: Project WET

Instead of focusing on a Water Charity this Tuesday, we chose nonprofit organization Project WET. This organization focuses on water education through reaching out to teachers, community members, children, and parents in the United States and around the world. Project WET achieves this goal through publishing informative water materials in different languages, creating school curriculum for different age groups, and sponsoring trainings around the world. Project WET also organizes community water events such as the Global Water Education Village. This event is held every three years at the World Water Forum, the last one was held in Istanbul, Turkey. The goal of the Global Water Education Village is to discuss local actions in water education that are successful at reaching children.

Project WET is committed to reaching out to audiences around the world and in ushering water education into the twenty-first century.  Most recently, Project WET has teamed up with the National Park Service.  In a press release issued on June 22, 2011, Project WET and the National Park Service announced that they would be collaborating on an educational series titled, “Discover the Waters of Our National Parks.”  This science based program will include hands-on activities, videos, special workshops, online courses, guides and an internet portal. Project WET President, Dennis Nelson stated, “Water connects our national parks to each other and to the people of the United States through the water cycle, making national parks a perfect springboard for educating people about water.” This project is going be launched at select national parks within the next year, so keep a look out at your local park!

Project WET’s website offers lots of links for parents, educators, corporations and museums.  If you want to get involved, there are plenty of avenues for that, too. Of course, you can donate on their secure website in any amount you choose, but you can also choose some more innovative ways as well. For example, you can sponsor a classroom and provide a Water and Sustainability Kit which includes copies of various activity and educational booklets for every child.  If you want to be more hands on, you can train to become a Project WET facilitator. After completing the course, you can deliver workshops to teachers and educators in your area. A great way to get involved in your community for a worthy cause!

So this week, Project WET is our pick for a great water focused organization. If you’re a teacher, parent or just someone interested in making a difference through water education, be sure to check out Project WET!