TRASHWATER is a non-profit organization providing innovative clean water and sanitation solutions through partnerships with communities in developing nations. Trashwater uses education, filtration, and mobilization to maximize lasting change for those burdened by unsafe water and unsanitary living conditions. Millions of people in the world do not have access to safe, clean drinking water. In many areas, it is not an issue of access to water, rather access to clean water.
At Trashwater, we envision a day when every community will have access to safe water supplies and sanitary conditions. It is easy to take for granted readily available access to a safe supply of drinking water, a toilet, a place to wash dishes and clothes, and a shower; yet, nearly one billion people lack these most basic necessities. Creating accessible safe water and sanitation supplies in developing nations liberates people from disease and death and empowers them to live healthier, more productive lives.
UV PURIFICATION | Our primary large-scale system which can produce up to 5000 gallons of water per day. These systems are strategically placed in schools, or a similar central facility, in order to provide clean water to the surrounding community. Ultraviolet systems are highly effective against viruses and bacteria.
CERAMIC FILTRATION | Point-of-use filtration systems. These systems are provided to households to help provide clean water for their everyday needs. Ceramic filtration is a low-cost, low-tech solution that is effective against bacteria with a proven reduction for diarrhoeal disease incidence. Trashwater’s filters are locally produced in Nicaragua.
Together these methods allow for quick and effective expansion into new communities. As Trashwater grows, we are confident these programs can successfully be replicated anywhere in the world. We are committed to long term relationships with the communities we serve for the purpose of ongoing education, program development, project evaluation, and sustainable impact.
Trashwater grew out of a sickness. While on a trip to Egypt, Trashwater’s co-founder and executive director, Joshua Sanders, was hospitalized after being exposed to unsafe drinking water. That sickness led to questions and those questions eventually led to action. in 2010, Trashwater was born with a mission to help provide clean water access to urban poor within developing nations.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.4 million children die every year due to unclean water and poor sanitation conditions. That is an astounding 4000 deaths every day and at least 1 death every 20 seconds. At Trashwater we believe that access to clean, potable water is a basic human right and it is this belief that drives us to do our part.
Trashwater has implemented and continually maintains 6 UV purification systems and has distributed more than 130 ceramic bucket filtration units in the Managua, Nicaragua area. The 6 UV systems provide fresh water to approximately 3000 students every day while the 130 ceramic filters each serve an individual family for all their at-home water needs.