Check it Out: CannedWater4Kids

The amount of water charities around the world seem to grow exponentially every year.  Many of these organizations are both headquartered and focused on serving foreign countries, making seeing the effect of your donation difficult. However, Wisconsin based CannedWater4Kids is changing all that. They have created an attractive, visible product by manufacturing colorful aluminum cans filled with purified drinking water. They hope that these cans will not only provide fresh water to children in need, but will soon serve as the symbol of clean water awareness. With $0.95 cents of every dollar donated guaranteed to go directly to those children who need fresh water, you can be ensured that your hard earned dollars are going towards doing the most good.

So why aluminum cans? There are many reasons, but it is primarily due to the fact that more and more people understand the importance of recycling to ensure global sustainability. Therefore, the aluminum can serves as a recognizable, economical, and safe way to bring clean, purified water to kids in need around the world.  Also, aluminum cans have a small environmental footprint, maintain a long shelf life, and can go from the recycling bin to the store shelf in 60 short days.

CannedWater4Kids has already made a difference in many places around the world. Shortly after the earthquake in Japan, CannedWater4Kids shipped52,800 cans of purified water to people living in schools, orphanages, and evacuation centers in the Minami-Sanriku area that completely relied on water from outside sources. The charity also works in conjunction with various other organizations including Engineers Without Borders at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.  This group of Engineers is working to build purification plants in the Highlands of Guatemala and they did not forget to bring CannedWater4Kids with them to pass out to the local community.

How can you get involved? As with many other water based charities, monetary donations are always welcome. You can do this over CannedWater4Kids secure website or via snail mail. Another innovative way to get involved is to purchase a colorful 12 or 24 pack case of the purified CannedWater4Kids water. Not only will this serve as an interesting conversation piece at your next family gathering, but the water tastes great and your donation will be going to a more than worthy cause. At just a dollar a can, you can make a donation while getting water that is both purified and eco-friendly. Small business and retail store owners also have the option to stock the water in their store by contacting

So this week, our charity is CannedWater4Kids. They have created an imaginative, fun product that can be seen as a symbol of water charity consciousness. Priding themselves on doing the most good with your donation dollars, getting involved with CannedWater4Kids is a great way to begin working with water charities.


Water Filters for Radioactive Water Contamination?

Katadyn Microfilter Emergency Water Filter

Some Katadyn emergency water filters are able to reduce radioactive particles.

U.S. based company, DynGlobal, recently announced that they are supporting the victims of the Japan earthquake disaster by providing portable and point-of-use solar-powered water purification units. These units feature a four-stage ultrafiltration process that filters out arsenic, mercury, lead, bacteria and heavy metals, and have capacities ranging from 100 to 40,000 liters per day. But, that’s not all; these water purification units are also able to filter radioactive water contamination. This is very significant, since radioactive traces have been discovered in tap water supplies in Tokyo and other areas near the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Radiation, which was also detected in spinach and milk, poses a health risk if absorbed into the human body.

Although bottled water is often the solution in these types of emergency situations, DynGlobal asserts that it “is neither cost-effective, nor sustainable. Government agencies and relief organizations pay hundreds of dollars per gallon to supply water.  South Korea, China, and the United States are shipping in tons of bottled water … It didn’t work in Haiti and won’t be an adequate solution for Japan.”

And of course, we would have to agree. The earthquake has already cost its victims a lot in terms of land and natural resources. Filtered water is the way to go in this crisis – especially if the purification unit is able to remove radioactive material.

For U.S. west coast dwellers who are fearful of the consequences of radiation, FiltersFast carries Katadyn emergency water filters, which are great for disasters like these. Often employed by the U.S. military or disaster relief agencies like the Red Cross, several Katadyn microfilters are able to reduce bacteria, protozoa, cysts, algae, spores, sediment, dirt, micro-organisms, viruses and other particles down to the 0.2 micron level. And most importantly, they are even able to filter radioactive particles. While you’re busy seeking out potassium iodide to protect yourself from airborne radiation, don’t forget to order your Katadyn Mini Ultralight Series Microfilter from FiltersFast. Or, for larger groups of people, try the Katadyn Gravidyn Drip Water Filter System, which uses gravitational filter action, and does not require pumping or connection to a tap.

You can never be too careful…