Planet Water focuses on the following approaches to support environmental and behavioral changes related to clean water access and knowledge and practices around water-health and hygiene among participating communities:
PROVIDING A SAFE WATER SUPPLY
Planet Water projects create access to clean drinking water by deploying the AquaTower water filtration solution into primary schools. The AquaTower supports the daily drinking water requirements of up to 1,800 people. The system can operate without power or use of chemicals harmful to the environment and requires no consumables with a very simple maintenance process to produce clean drinking water, which surpasses World Health Organization (WHO) water quality standards. The system will operate for at least 5-7 years without any consumable components with a simple routine maintenance process. The Planet Water team provides an in-depth training for school custodial staff on cleaning and maintenance procedures to ensure the system is well kept and sustainable.
PROMOTING WATER-HEALTH AND HYGIENE
As an essential complement to providing clean water access, our Water-Health & Hygiene education program teaches children the important aspects of hand washing and protecting against germs through a child-friendly, activity-based program incorporating games, drama, song, and dance. The program aims to impact behavior, beliefs, and knowledge around water-health and hygiene while empowering children to be agents of change within their schools, families, and communities. Planet Water also has an exciting partnership with Sesame Workshop in support of the hygiene education program, which incorporates multimedia content featuring Elmo and a few of his friends.