WaterAid joins forces with major pump manufacturer Grundfos to tackle the global water crisis

Posted: Wednesday 5th October 2016

The international development charity, WaterAid, has announced a new five-year partnership with the one of the world's leading manufacturers in the global water sector, Grundfos.

Both WaterAid and Grundfos have a shared vision of helping to provide sustainable water to the developing world and of reaching everyone, everywhere with clean water by 2030.

Grundfos will support WaterAid by providing advice on the use and maintenance of its water systems in some of the world's poorest communities. Both will also work together to come up with innovative solutions to ensure the communities where we work have a lasting supply of clean water.

WaterAid's Chief Executive, Barbara Frost, said:

"We are delighted to be working together with Grundfos to find innovative solutions to help bring water and sanitation to some of the world's poorest communities. This collaboration will see more people around the world get clean water in an affordable and sustainable way, through the use of solar-powered systems and other innovative technologies that last."

Mads Nipper, CEO and Group President at Grundfos, added:

"Our water technology can make a true difference by bringing water to people everywhere. We have the necessary hardware and knowledge to remedy some of the grave water issues, the world is facing. Therefore, we must take responsibility and work to solve these challenges. Together with WaterAid, we can use each other's competencies to reach more people with water."

Worldwide, 650 million people in the world still do not have access to clean water and more than 2.3 billion do not have access to basic sanitation, with devastating results.

Some 315,000 children under five die each year of diarrhoeal diseases related to the lack of these basic rights. And 159 million children in the world are stunted, much of it linked to the chronic infections, worm infestations and diarrhoea that come with dirty water, poor sanitation and poor hygiene.

In addition to helping bring clean water to some of the world's poorest communities, WaterAid and Grundfos will also work together to advocate for universal access to water within the next 14 years, as part of the promise of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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