According to a new report by World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF (2017), 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services, and 4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services. We want to contribute towards offsetting the global water crisis in any way we can. We believe our technology offers viable solutions that can be installed across the globe, giving people safe and reliable access to readily available sources of drinking water.
Below are 2018's highlights. Please go to the Sustainability Report 2018 for the comprehensive version.
A drop of life with Water2Life
Water2Life, our employee-initiated and employee-driven programme, is a global fundraising project, involving Grundfos employees from more than 35 countries.
Spearheading the fundraising efforts are our so-called Water2Life Ambassadors, dedicated employees who voluntarily take the extra time to involve their colleagues locally, all in the spirit of helping those in need.
Essential to the programme is our collaboration with experienced NGOs who can ensure the success of each project. Together we devise smart solutions for real-world problems. While the initial donations come from employees, the final amount is accelerated by matching donations from both Grundfos itself and the NGO, meaning that each dollar the employee donates is quadrupled.
We are in Honduras: Currently Water2Life is in Honduras, where more than one million people lack access to improved sanitation, and 638,000 lack safe drinking water. We have partnered with Water Mission until 2020, and are already close to finalising our first project at San Isidro Hospital at Tocoa, Colon, a public hospital with 80,000 yearly visitors and 9,000 hospitalised patients. We raised around US$60,000 for the hospital.
Our second project involves fundraising for Froylan Turcios High School, a public school that has the same challenges as San Isidro Hospital. Water2Life Ambassadors will host new initiatives to raise money to improve water facilities for the school’s more than 2,100 students
To enable reliable access to safe and affordable water in the challenged communities of developing countries, we offer our Lifelink sustainable water solutions from source to tap.
By combining solar-powered pumps, water treatment systems, and water ATMs with online monitoring and professional service & support, local water service providers can set up water kiosks based on ground or surface water, in remote rural or informal urban settings.
By supporting revenue collection, transparency and smarter water management, Lifelink solutions enable long-term sustainable water supply, even in communities lacking infrastructure.
Delivering water sustainably in India and Africa: In Kenya, we started installation of AQtap water ATMs in 2017 and completed the project in 2018. It was realised in partnership with World Vision Kenya and funded by the Stone Family Foundation. In total, 60 AQtap water ATMs are up and running for 11 local water committees, reaching more than 20,000 people.
In Uganda we partnered with Water Mission for a water kiosk project, funded by the Icelandic government. We have supplied 108 AQtaps; 52 are already in use and 56 are being installed early in 2019.
We also commissioned Grundfos AQpure water treatment system for the island village of Sripatinagar – Hazarbigha Khal habitation, India. Together with our local partner, Mahavir Pumps, the system delivers clean water to around 1,000 people in the area.
AQtaps in Uganda
Through its bilateral cooperation with the government of Uganda, the government of Iceland has supported the Buikwe district local government in improving the livelihoods of its fishing communities on the shores of Lake Victoria.
The Buikwe District Local Government aims to push WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) projects in Uganda. One of them involved installation of 15 solar-powered mini piped-water schemes with 52 AQtaps. The project was implemented by Grundfos’ strategic partner, Water Mission.
WASH phase 1 was completed in 2017 and since then the systems have helped to provide 19 fishing villages, or approximately 60,000 people, with a safer and more reliable supply of water.
SUSTAINABILITY FACTOR As a result of these positive outcomes, 56 AQtaps will be installed during the first quarter of 2019, eventually delivering water to 80,000 Ugandans.
Drinkable water for a mangrove island village
In the village of Sripatinagar – Hazarbigha khal Habitation, India, the groundwater is saline and not safe to drink. the community today relies on grundfos aqpure ultrafiltration system to meet its drinking water needs.
Due to its remote location, harsh terrain and sparsely populated areas, the local state government body, The West Bengal Public Health Engineering Department (WBPHED), had difficulty in laying drinking water pipelines to the village. Consumption of contaminated water also led to an increase in water-borne diseases. To address this, WBPHED decided to install a Grundfos AQpure ultrafiltration drinking water treatment system to produce drinking water from the rainwater creek.
SUSTAINABILITY FACTOR Today, the system provides sustainable, reliable access to drinking water to more than 1,000 people.
Stronger partnerships for water
We build partnerships with people, communities and organisations because we believe that through collaboration, we can have a greater positive impact on the world.
By strengthening our network of global partners, we can achieve our aim of providing a safe, reliable and sustainable supply of water anywhereto anyone.
Some of our significant partnerships in 2018 are:
World Vision. Our partnership with World Vision, which aims to deliver clean water to two million people by 2020, goes back four years. This year, now serving 18 countries with Lifelink solutions, we have reached 958,000 people. Having provided safe water to a total of 1.66 million people, we are closing in on our ambitious target.
ADRA International. Our partnership with ADRA International began in 2017, where we committed ourselves to provide access to clean water for 1.5 million people over the next five years. This year, ADRA launched its first safe-water kiosk in Mocuba, Mozambique.
ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross). We believe that partnerships go beyond a transactional relationship. During spring and autumn 2018, we ran a training programme. The aim was to pass on our cutting-edge technical knowledge of water and energy-efficient solutions and management and share our insights and experience in the field.
Refugee camp, Uganda.Grundfos partnered with the Danish Refugee Council’s Business-Humanitarian Partnership Lab, bringing the first water solutions to the Bidi Bidi refugee camp in 2017. Since we installed the AQtaps, we have issued 770 water cards and delivered more than 3.8 million litres of clean water.In addition, Grundfos partnered with World Vision and Water Mission to deliver water and sanitation to thousands of refugees in Uganda.
NL-FSA (Netherland Food Security Alliance). Grundfos is part of the network of mainly Dutch-based companies and institutions with expertise in soil, water, value chain and business development. The alliance is currently exploring project opportunities in Senegal, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa and Kenya.
Mosul is getting back on its feet
Due to war and and conflict, the city of Mosul, Iraq, was left with almost no water resources. Funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Grundfos pumps were installed as a part of the reconstruction of the water and waste water infrastructure.
“Our pumps will supply water for half of the city,” says Waleed Noubani, Assistant Sales Manager in Grundfos Gulf Distribution. In total, we are supplying 50 pumps, which include 12 submersible 400KW pumps producing 2,200 m3 per hour for a river intake pumping station and 12 split-case pumps producing the same amount but for the high-lift pumping stations.
SUSTAINABILITY FACTOR Support the city of Mosul with water supply system and waste water infrastructure, delivering water to around 1.5 million citizens.
First safe-water kiosk in Mocuba
In June 2018, the first safe-water kiosk was installed in Mocuba, Mozambique. This collaboration with ADRA International delivers around 20 litres of safe water a day to each of more than 1,000 people.
Using Grundfos Lifelink solutions, the region’s first water kiosk was commissioned. The kiosk is fully powered by solar panels which generate electricity to power pumps that bring water automatically from the source to an elevated holding tank.
“The residents are the ones who will benefit from the kiosk, but ADRA wants to ensure they can take care of the kiosk and sustain the water source so the community receivessafe water for a long time,” says Jason Brooks, Senior Technical Adviser for WASH at ADRA International.
SUSTAINABILITY FACTOR First self-sustaining water kiosk, where the community takes care of the kiosk, provides more than 1,000 people with access to safe water.