DuPont and Water.org have partnered 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 pioneering market-driven 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.
“This partnership is based in the shared belief that solving the water crisis is possible within our lifetimes,” said Gary White, Co-founder of Water.org. “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.”
As a start, DuPont awarded Water.org an initial grant to provide 100,000 people with oneyear of access to safe water or improved sanitation, in areas facing water scarcity and climate challenges in the countries where Water.org works. This includes India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Cambodia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mexico, Brazil, and Peru. 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. “We believe the pending water crisis can be avoided, and water can become abundant, affordable and accessible to everyone—no matter where they live. It’s through partnerships with highly impactful and creative organizations like Water.org that this vision becomes a reality.”
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.
“Reliable access to safe water is a game-changer for those who spend hours walking miles each day retrieving unsafe water for basic needs. It allows young children to attend school, families to create wealth, and improves health and well-being overall,” said Kimberly Kupiecki, Sustainability Leader for DuPont Water Solutions. “SDG No. 6—while itself a critically fundamental goal for human prosperity—is essentially interconnected with almost every other goal for sustainable development.”
The two organizations were introduced to each other’s work after participating in Brave Blue World, a documentary available on Netflix that paints an optimistic picture of how humanity is adopting new technologies and innovations to re-think how water is managed. DuPont and Water.org are also working together through the Water Resilience Coalition, a CEO-led coalition of the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate that aims to elevate global water stress to the top of the corporate agenda and preserve the world’s freshwater resources through collective action in water-stressed basins and ambitious, quantifiable water stewardship commitments.
DuPont believes that collaboration and collective action will be required to build a water-optimized world where each of the planet’s 7.8 billion people all have daily access to safe water. From innovating sustainable water technologies and collaborating with organizations like Water.org to sponsoring the City Water Optimization Index with Economist Impact, DuPont is working with customers, governments, NGOs and thought leaders to uncover a wide variety of solutions to enable a safe, affordable and ample water supply now and for generations to come.
DuPont’s technologies, which today 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. The company offers solutions to a variety of water and sustainability challenges through a broad portfolio of water purification and separation technologies including reverse osmosis (RO) membranes, ion exchange resins (IEX), ultrafiltration (UF), electrodeionization (EDI), nanofiltration (NF), membrane bioreactor systems (MBR), membrane aerated biofilm reactors (MABR), membrane degasification, and closed-circuit reverse osmosis (CCRO) systems.