In Greater Cleveland, we advocate for clean, safe, affordable drinking water and sanitation services. In Uganda, our credibility lies with our team owning sustainable WASH projects from conception to execution. We build and monitor sustainable water, hygiene and sanitation systems in rural Uganda.
North American Great Lakes
The Great Lakes of North America
In North America, 21% of the entire world’s fresh surface water lives in the Great Lakes. Most people benefit from clean water running to their homes to shower, bathe, cook, clean, flush and drink.
- The Great Lakes hold 84% of North America’s fresh surface water
- The Great Lakes Basin is home to 30 Million people, 10% of the US population and 30% of the Canadian population
- The Great Lakes is 80% of the United States’ drinking water supply.
Though rich in water and infrastructure, issues still exist in assuring water is equitable for all. Clean water and sanitation should affordable and accessible to everyone, yet there are gaps in assistance, funding, policy and systems to ensure this happens.
African Great Lakes
In East Africa, and many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, rural people walk an average of 4 miles a day to find, collect and haul water that is safe for consumption. Although East Africa is home to its own “Great Lakes” system and a lot ground water, building infrastructure and water treatment is expensive.
The startling facts:
- 3 billion people are affected by the scarcity of water
- 2.1 people lack access to safely managed water sources
- 4.5 billion people don’t have access to proper sanitation – More people have access to a cell phone than to a toilet
- In Africa alone, 40 billion hours a year are used (commonly by women), to collect water each year