DuPont announced its partnership with Water.org to increase global access to safe water, with a focus on communities most vulnerable to the consequences of water scarcity.
The partnership combines DuPont’s technical leadership in water filtration and purification solutions with Water.org’s expertise in financial solutions to the global water crisis.
The organizations intend to collaborate on ways to innovate and deploy climate-resilient, sustainable water solutions that can scale to people living in poverty.
Gary White, Co-founder of Water.org, said: “Our team looks forward to working with DuPont to uncover new opportunities to leverage technology to empower people in need with the water and sanitation solutions they need to survive and thrive.”
DuPont awarded Water.org an initial grant to provide 100,000 people with one year of access to safe water or improved sanitation, in areas facing water scarcity and climate challenges in the countries where Water.org works. The funding supports Water.org’s solution, WaterCredit, that breaks down the financial barriers between people living in poverty and access to safe water and sanitation.
“Around the world, we are witnessing the impacts of climate change through the lens of water—with those living in poverty most vulnerable to the growing threats of water scarcity caused by global warming,” said HP Nanda, Global Vice President, DuPont Water Solutions.
Today, one in 10 people around the world — 771 million people — lack access to safe drinking water. United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 6 urges nations to ensure that water is clean, accessible, reused, recycled and protected, and that sanitation and wastewater treatment efforts are significantly expanded.
DuPont’s technologies, which help purify more than 25 million gallons of water every minute around the world, enable water reuse and recycling, desalination, and the safe access of both ground and surface water.