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Currently, more than 2.1 billion people in the world lack access to safe drinking water (WHO / UNICEF). This causes 3.6 million deaths every year due to waterborne diseases. In addition to this public health issue, consuming unsafe water also has negative impacts: (i) on education, with children falling sick or suffering from dehydration adversely affecting their cognitive capacities; and (ii) on the environment, as one of the main options available to make water safe to drink is through boiling it, often with inefficient charcoal stoves emitting significant CO2. These figures highlight the need for solutions that are able to cover the full territory while guaranteeing quality and accessibility over the long run. Piped infrastructure has long been considered as the key means of water access. However, the inability to deploy such infrastructure everywhere with water quality that is suitable for drinking purposes requires the emergence of innovative solutions.
Reducing emissions: by providing safe drinking water to rural populations, purified with an environmental-friendly process, we avoid the CO2 emissions linked to boiling surface water before drinking it. Coping with the consequences of the climate crisis: our decentralized model is highly resilient to the increasing hostile climate events. The entrepreneurs have come up with innovative solutions to resist droughts and floodings - the two key risks we face, such as ensuring safe water delivery with boats, or connecting to other water sources in case their main one dries up. Sustaining access to safe drinking water in regions vulnerable to climate change is a key contribution to the local populations' long term resilience.
The avoided GHG are measured using the UNFCCC & Gold Standard methodologies, as 1001fontaines received certification to emit carbon credits in 2016, and has been since then closely monitoring its impact on carbon emissions.
The due diligence and reporting documents are available here.