2.1 billion people worldwide don’t have clean water at the household level, according to the World Health Organization. Many rural and semi-urban communities are not receiving piped water networks because of the high costs of building piped water systems. Without clean water at all, these communities are stuck in the poverty trap – they cannot maintain good health and nutrition levels for work, education and play. Across many communities in Cambodia, families are already paying $50-100 per year to access water trucked in from dirty and dangerous sources such as rivers and ponds. But what if they could pay an affordable rate for water that is safe and clean–and tapped right to their homes? That is exactly the solution posed through TapEffect, a World Hope social venture designed alongside these communities to provide a tailored, sustainable, and life-changing clean water solution. TapEffect seeks to tackle the lack of safe water access in Cambodia by implementing and operating a portfolio of piped water systems in rural and semi-rural areas. These areas are typically prone to climate change impacts and are also where logistical, technological, and financial constraints make it challenging for communities to otherwise access clean water.
- Water Sanitation and Hygiene