Ensuring schoolchildren in Tanzania have access to water
When the “Help for the Massai” charity was building the new Nasserian primary school in Malambo, Tanzania in 2013, the water supply was the most critical element of the project. One of our technical managers in the Middle East for our inge® product line volunteered to personally design and install a rainwater purification system. DuPont Water Solutions donated the membranes, and our employees collected money to pay for the auxiliary works.
After seven years of successful self-operation, with maintenance carried out by a local technician, in 2020 a second water treatment system was put into operation on the site for a new secondary school. This is in addition to several water purification projects in other parts of the region, and plans are laid for more.
Thanks to this humanitarian project, the water supply has allowed 400 students and teachers, as well as the local community, to feel safe and secure at all times of year. The students have become fully involved, as they are actively taking lessons on water purification and how the water tower operates. The program even has a special name: “JaDi Maji” – Maji meaning water in Kiswahili, and JaDi standing for JAn and Dirk,the co-founders of this water charity program.
In 2020, DuPont Water Solutions entered into a collaboration with Waterise, an energy company that aims to provide solutions to the global water shortage. The collaboration aims to provide seawater reverse osmosis membranes—which purify water—and expertise to the company’s sub-sea desalination plants.
The 2,000 residents of Serdo experience water insecurity daily, needing to travel 1.5 kilometers (about a mile) to retrieve potable water. The community bored a well to find groundwater, but was devastated to learn that the water was dangerously hot, and heavily contaminated with salts and fluoride.
In 2020, our OxyMem company was named the “Breakthrough Technology Company of the Year” by the Global Water Awards for its innovative Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR) technology.
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