- Water-related diseases are responsible for 80% of all illnesses and deaths in the developing world.
- An estimated 1.5 billion cases of diarrhea occur each year, resulting in the death of nearly 2 million children.
- Worldwide, about 1.3 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water, including nearly half of the population of sub-Sahara Africa.
How you can make the difference:
- Help Rotaract build Water Pasteurization Indicators (WAPIs) so that EVERYONE can enjoy safe water without wasting energy and money
What is a WAPI?
A WAPI is an indicator for when water has become safe to drink (pasteurtized). It is a wax-filled plastic tube and washers strung with fishing line that acts as a simple thermometer. It is common to heat water until it boils as indication that it is safe, however pasteurization temperature is much lower (65 degrees Celsius, 149 degrees Fahrenheit). Being able to know when water reaches this level is important so that the water is safe to drink and energy/fuel is not wasted.
- WHEN: October 24, 11-2pm
- WHERE: TBD