DRI LAUNCHES GLOBAL INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE WOMEN IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WITH CLEAN WATER
Imagine a day in which your access to clean, drinkable water ceased and you could not shower or bathe properly and you had no one to help you. For more than 783 million people around the world, that day was today. In 2015, more than 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation in the developing world.
In 2014, DRI launched a new initiative that is aiming to dramatically reduce those numbers, focusing specifically on women — who often bear the brunt of the impact from lack of access to safe water. The DRI Sustainable Water Initiative is a unique, international collaboration with WaterAid, Water for People, and World Vision. Collaboratively, these three world-renowned organizations currently have water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs in more than 41 countries.
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DRI EXPANDS INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP TO ADDRESS WATER POLLUTION, MANAGEMENT ISSUES
For more than two decades, Lake Taihu (the largest freshwater lake in the Yangtze Delta Plain near Shanghai, China) has been stricken with toxic bluegreen algae (cyanobacterium) blooms that jeopardize the drinking water supply of more than 10 million people. The once stable watershed is now home to over 51 million people and serves as the literal “canary in the coal mine” related to the environmental impacts of China’s dramatic economic and population growth.
In 2014, DRI launched a unique partnership with Hohai University—China’s foremost water research university — to address global water pollution and supply issues. Building upon a long-standing academic relationship between DRI faculty and Hohai University, the new joint-international laboratory will facilitate faculty and student exchanges; water resources management and training, and water pollution monitoring and mitigation. Initial work is expanding focus on innovative scientific research to rehabilitate and sustain some of China’s most polluted watersheds such as Lake Taihu.
Learn more at www.dri.edu/eco-engineer