What Filter is being distributed, and why this filter?
The Sawyer filter is certified for ABSOLUTE microns, that means there is no pore size larger than 0.1 or 0.02 micron in size. This makes it impossible for harmful bacteria, protozoa, or cysts like E. coli, Giardia, Vibrio cholerae and Salmonella typhi (which cause Cholera and Typhoid) to pass through the Sawyer PointONE™ biological filter. At 7 log (99.99999%) the filter attains the highest level of filtration available today. Sawyer filters are comprised of tiny “U” shaped micro-tubes that allow water to enter into their core through minuscule micro-pores. Contaminates get trapped in the tubes while the decontaminated water passes freely through. The high number of those tiny tubes and their significant surface area allow the filter to have one of the fastest flow rates available in the world. This high flow rate makes our filters easily utilized as point-of-use solutions, which has eliminated the need to store water – one of the leading causes of contaminated water throughout the world. You can find how this filter was made, and even see actual field studies here: https://sawyer.com/technology/water-filtration/
Where have the filters been used?
Sawyer’s revolutionary technology has also been implement in projects by the United Nations, and is currently being used in more than 70 countries around the world. Sawyer’s filters are so powerful, they could not actually be used for kidney dialysis anymore, as they would now remove beneficial particulates from human blood. They’ve been field tested for years by dozens of companies, professionals and are solving the global water crisis for hundreds of thousands of individuals internationally. When it comes to ensuring the safety of those who have trusted us to provide the most advanced solutions on the market, nothing less than 100% is good enough.
How long do the filters last?
Extensive testing in the lab and the field has proven that each filter can provide up to one million gallons of water. To give you an idea of how much that is, the World Health Organization says that an average human being can use up to two gallons per day, for everything from drinking, cooking, washing dishes, clothes, etc. So it would outlive an average human being. The filters output of clean water is up to 200 gallons per day based on its flow rate. So for a community of 100 people it can easily last a decade.
Where are donations going?
Waves For Water www.WavesForWater.org is the organization that is receiving 100% of the donations for The Waterbearers Campaign. Currently, our partner Waves For Water are active on the ground in 38 countries.
What does a $50 donation provide?
More than just a Filter! Just $50 provides the distribution of one .1 Micron Absolute Filter, Bucket Adapter, Bucket Hole Cutter, Filter Cleaner, Adapter Hose and Filter Hanger, as well as the delivery to community and training, along with field assessments.
Who is distributing the filters and where will they go?
We’ve chosen to work with Waves For Water as they have been delivering these filters in a systematic way since 2009. They work with teams around the world for delivery to both disaster responses, like Haiti, Nepal, Ecuador and Mexico, and also to areas with regular high need in countries in Africa and South America. You can see many stories and videos on their website. Our confidence is high in their ability to understand where to deliver systems, and to get trained teams to an area to ensure sustainability. They are the force on the ground when it comes to natural disasters, and have the connections to local governments and military operations when it comes to long-term solutions.
How do you ensure that 100 people are using one filter – is that even possible?
This number in the field often varies, depending on the communities they are provided to. However, we have distributed filters for years now and with actual field assessments to prove it is working. There are schools for example in Africa where 200 students a day are using one filter. When the distribution team provides a community with filters, the community leaders are taught how to use and care for the filters, and also how to set up a system that supports the entire community. This normally involves “water stations” that get set up with buckets and lids early in the morning and throughout the day.
Can I be a part of distribution of the filters?
We trust Waves For Water to deliver filters where they are MOST needed. However, since The Waterbearers is a qualified training and distribution team with Waves For Water, we now provide opportunities to join us for distribution and humanitarian-aid trips. If you are interested in being part of one of these international adventures, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on a special mailing list, so we can provide you with more information as it comes available.
Are one million people actually getting clean water on March 22nd?
NO! By World Water Day (March 22), we hope to have completed our goal to fund 10,000 filters to get one million people access to clean water! The distribution of the filters will occur on an as-needed basis. Our goal is to get one million people access to clean water by that date – knowing that we have funded the filters so Waves For Water and The Waterbearers can deliver them with properly trained teams. We will send you updates and periodic stories and videos from the field, so you can see your filters in action!
What qualifies The Waterbearers Team to run a campaign like this?
The Waterbearers Co-Founder Spryte Loriano, has been involved with delivering clean water systems since 2008. Her companies and affiliates have raised funds for and distributed systems in five countries to 30,000 people.
You can see recently completed and ongoing projects with up-to-date field assessments here: thewaterbearers.org/projects/
Why are only Women being asked to lead a team?
Our campaign’s mission is to inspire Women who have access to clean water – to get it to those who do not. This is not just a one-time campaign, but a movement, bringing together our three Pillars: Women, Water and Wisdom. We believe there has never been a focused campaign for women to serve in this clearly defined way to provide clean water before, yet women ARE the original water bearers. In every nation, throughout history, it is the women and children who are responsible to gather and carry water for their communities. This is also a critical time on the planet that many indigenous cultures and spiritual texts have foretold, when there would be a shift or re-emergence of feminine-led wisdom. The Waterbearers site and movement is here to serve this shift, and to provide women with tools and resources to remember this sacred song of the feminine, and to support them to support each-other in redefining what Feminine Leadership looks like.
Can men join in?
YES! Even though each Team is led by a woman, the donations for filters may come from anyone and anywhere around the globe! Men, women, children, schools, organizations, companies, can all be involved in supporting each woman to achieve her goal.
Can I donate if I am not associated with any teams?
YES! Please do. You can either choose an Existing Team to Support even if you don’t know them, to join in the fun of being part of a goal being met and celebrated; or you can make a general donation by clicking the DONATE button. Your donation will still be added to our counter totals.
Can I mail a check instead of donating online?
YES! Please mail your check payable to: Waves For Water, PO Box 57285, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413, US
IMPORTANT: Please make sure the memo line states “The Waterbearers and the “Name” of the Team Leader, if you are supporting one, or it will NOT be allocated to this campaign! Add your email address for an official receipt, one your payment has been recorded.
Can I make an Anonymous Donation?
YES! When you press the DONATE button you have a choice.
How can I find out more about the Women Leaders?
Firstly, you can see all of our Waterbearer Team Leaders and get access to their websites here: www.thewaterbearers.org/team-leaders/
Secondly, many of our Team Leaders have provided FREE Resources located in our Wisdom Library, that you can download anytime without needing to opt-in to email lists. If you like your free gift, please visit their website for more! Access Library here: www.thewaterbearers.org/wisdom-library/
Are there additional ways to engage with the 100 Women Team Leaders throughout this Campaign?
YES! Team Leaders will be invited to host calls on a regular basis. Once you signup to The Waterbearers movement, you’ll be made aware of upcoming opportunities to connect to our Wellspring.
What other opportunities are available to Connect and Co-create with other conscious women through your website?
What happens with the Waterbearers Movement after the campaign is over?
We’ve only just begun! Please be sure to add your email at the top of our website and JOIN OUR MOVEMENT, we will keep you informed of new opportunities of engagement, or even be part of our clean water distribution team.
How best can I support the Campaign, if I’m not a Team Leader?
You can either support an Existing Team Leader with a Donation or SHARE about our campaign with others.
Go to an existing Team Leaders Campaign page (you will find a drop down list by clicking “Support an Existing Team” and use the SHARE buttons.
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