Imagine a life of a limited safe water supply. Millions of people around the globe, including right in the United States, struggle with a limited safe water supply every day. Those of us that have access to safe water tend to take it for granted. We open the tap when we are thirsty, when we need to bathe, and when we need to cook, without really thinking about what a luxury it is to have safe water.
Safe clean water for drinking, bathing, cooking, and sanitation is a human right. Everyone on the planet needs access to safe water and safe sewage. Plumbers Without Borders is doing something about it.
In the United States, Flint Michigan and the limited safe water supply was an outrage that motivated legislation, protests, and donations. It was unbelievable that a community in the US would be suffering through a limited safe water supply. After all, safe water is a clear human right. You cannot live without water.
While Flint Michigan outraged us all, unfortunately, around the globe water poverty is something that millions and millions of people are suffering from. By definition, water poverty is not being able to access safe water, but it is so much more than that.
In communities where there is a limited safe water supply:
- Women spend hours a day walking to water supplies to fetch safe water for their families.
- Water borne disease cause fatal illnesses like dysentery, typhoid, and cholera. About 4000 children a day die from water-borne disease in Africa alone.
- Economic impacts. Children and women are usually tasked with carrying the water the family needs. This leaves them unable to attend a school or participate in cash-generating activities that can better the families and greater communities economy.
Only 70% of the world’s population has access to safe water. Over 1 million people a year die from living in conditions with unsafe water. The statistics are staggering when it comes to the limited safe water supply. About 666 million people around the globe do not have access locally to safe water, they have to travel miles to fill containers with water.
About 2.1 billion do not have access to safe drinking water. That is 1 out of every 9 billion people on the planet that do not have access to safe water. That number is about twice the population of the people in the United States. This is tragic. Access to a limited safe water supply is a global crisis.
Children around the world live in conditions that are harmful to their health. Open sewage, polluted water sources, and lack of access, all contribute to killing diseases. The disease that comes from unsafe water kills more people annually than all the wars, violence, and other diseases combined.
Water poverty is everybody’s problem. Plumbers Without Borders is a group that has taken steps to make a dent in the problem. This organization is helping people to have access to safe water.
Water, It Makes a Difference
In developing countries, how wealthy you are determines the quality of your water. Wealth is measured in your ability to get up and have a drink of water when you want to. Clean water and sanitation can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
Water poverty disproportionality affects women around the globe. Women are typically the primary caretakers of the home, which means the responsibility for sourcing water falls on their shoulders. Globally women spend about 40 billion hours a year sourcing and carrying water for their families.
What happens when people have access to safe water and sanitation? Communities prosper. Children that were tasked with finding water sources are able to go to school instead. Women that walked miles and miles a day to locate safe water are able to put their energies into working and earning.
The cost of disease alone in developing countries is keeping economies from flourishing. Safe water can mean building a stronger economy. When basic human needs like access to safe water and sanitation are met, people are able to focus on activities that better their lives and that better the community.
In the US we do not think of water as a commodity that is a vital part of our economy, only because access to safe water and sanitation is widely available. Safe water is the backbone to growth and provides the possibility of thriving.
Global humanitarian organizations that work with Plumbers Without Borders not only focus on bringing safe water options to communities, they also educate people on water safety. They teach community leaders, children, and others about how to recognize safe water and even the basics like hand washing.
Water education is something we take for granted in the US. We are taught not to drink water from certain sources, how to recognize potential water threats and even the basics like water hygiene. If you live in an area of the world where a limited water supply is a fact of life, it is very likely that you have zero water safety knowledge. Imagine being so desperate for something to drink that you would put your life at risk just to quench that thirst? It happens every day around the world.
Plumbers Without Borders supports the humanitarian organizations that are changing how people look at water through education. Educating the rest of the world about the global water crisis is another mission that both humanitarian groups and Plumbers Without Borders are focusing on.
Getting the word out about the global water crisis will hopefully get more people involved. Providing this basic human right is a lofty goal when there is so much work to do but Plumbers Without Borders is committed to doing its share.
Who is Plumbers Without Borders?
When you think of residential plumbers you likely immediately think about leaky faucets, broken pipes, and clogged drains. You likely do not think about the help that they provide to communities around the world and right here in the United States that have a limited safe water supply.
Plumbing contractors have come together to create Plumbers Without Borders to put their skillset to work for the global community. Founded in 2010 by two retired plumbers who saw what plumbers could do when they band together after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. This grassroots organization run strictly by volunteers has made tremendous progress in addressing water poverty around the world. Their commitment to improving access to safe water and sanitation is bar none.
Their mission is simple. They are creating a network of plumbing services volunteers that can connect with organizations that are improving sanitation and access to safe water. Plumbers Without Borders’ vision is just as simple but a huge undertaking. They envision a world where communities have access to safe water supplies and sanitation to help improve the health of those communities.
Plumbers Without Borders helps plumbing volunteers find projects and organizations where they can put their skillset to work. Whether it is a water restoration project, building wells to bring running water into schools and homes, or other plumbing projects to improve water conditions Plumbers Without Borders is making a difference in this global crisis.
Making sure that volunteers, concerned citizens, industry leaders, and organizations can all connect to get the work done is a priority of Plumbers Without Borders. They make it easy to register with their group, which in turn makes it easy to find project opportunities or to list project opportunities. Plumbers Without Borders brings people together that have the same concerns and that want to do something to improve conditions.
They are building a global database network that will make it easy for volunteers and humanitarian organizations to connect and get the work done. This is a one of a kind project. Connecting plumbing professionals and industry leaders with organizations that really need the help to improve access to safe water is a great way to reduce this global crisis through action.
PWB is recognized by corporate sponsors in the industry as a group that is making a difference. They enjoy corporate sponsorship from some well-known names in the plumbing and building industry.
American Standard is one of Plumbers Without Borders’ biggest corporate sponsors. Other sponsors of this great program include Local 32 Plumbers and Pipefitters, MCA (Mechanical Contractors Association), Greater Boston Plumbers Association, and a litany of other sponsors from across the country and the industry.
This organization brings groups together and sponsors that understand the importance of having access to safe water. Through this group plumbing professionals, and other industry leaders are able to do the most good to fix the global water crisis.
How Can You Become a Part of Plumbers Without Borders?
Plumbers Without Borders provides people with an opportunity to do their part to help put a dent in the world’s water crisis. Before Plumbers Without Borders, many people wanted to help but just did not know how to go about getting involved. Plumbers Without Borders provides you with a platform that makes it easy to get involved. You can be a part of the solution for putting an end to the access to the limited safe water supply crisis.
There are plenty of ways to get involved. If you are a plumber you can become a Plumber Without Borders and connect with humanitarian organizations that need help with new plumbing installation, and more.
Your plumbing skillset can be a very valuable asset to organizations that are helping people to have access to safe water and sewage. You can donate your time right here in the United States through several of the organizations that are looking for emergency plumbing service for deserving families. You can help by volunteering for the organizations you want to work with.
If you want to put your efforts into overseas locations where plumbing installations can mean the difference between life and death for children, there are organizations that you can connect with through Plumbers Without Borders. There are plenty of opportunities to share your skills and make a real difference in the world.
Lacking plumbing skills but still want to help? Consider any of these roles:
- Become a donor. Your tax-deductible gift will help to support this organization.
- Register your humanitarian organization and make it easier to put out that call for help.
- Other skilled trades are needed. If you are in any of the building trades consider donating your services to bring safe water access to people where it is needed most.
You can become an industry partner. You do not have to be a large corporation to support this project. Any donation of supplies, equipment, and other goods is greatly appreciated and PWB can make sure that it gets to the right organization.
You can become a sponsor, a family friend partner, or simply learn more about the organization and make your decision later about how you can help. It is 2021, people should not be dying because they are denied a very basic human right. Mothers should not have to give their children water that they know may wind up making them very sick. Your gift whether it is time or plumbing services can and will make a difference.
Plumbers As Heroes
Plumbers Without Borders has turned full-service plumbing companies into a company of heroes. There is no better feeling in the world than knowing that some little kid somewhere is going to go to bed safe at night because their limited safe water supply access problem has been solved.
These heroes do their jobs silently and are making a huge difference in people’s lives. Something that many of us take for granted every day is giving people a renewed hope. Mothers are able to watch their children grow and thrive. Children are able to go to school and get an education that will open many doors for them. Families are able to focus on finding employment, creating micro-businesses, and building a future. All this is happening because a plumber decided to be a hero for a few days and help people have access to water that was safe.
The next time you think of a plumber, remember that some plumbers are real heroes to someone. Join the movement to help improve access to safe water and become a hero in your own right. Plumbers Without Borders is a great place to join.