QNET, others seek improved access to potable water
For the first time, Africa would play host to the ninth edition of the World Water Forum, billed to take place today, March 26, in Dakar Senegal.
The World Water Forum is the largest international event on water, co-organised every three years by the World Water Council and a host country in a city that hosts it for a week.
The Forum provides a unique platform, where the water community and key decision-makers including politicians, multilateral institutions, academia, civil society and the private sector can collaborate and establish long-term action plans on water challenges around the world.
This year’s edition of the international event, with the theme, ‘Water Security for Peace and Development’, would pool together stakeholders to strategise on how to promote and implement actionable responses and tactics for water sanitation in an integrated way.
The event would be attended by a variety of stakeholders including QNET, the world’s leading direct seller, which is participating to showcase existing solutions to safe drinking water through the Home Pure Complete Water Filtration System.
According to a 2015 research paper published by United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF), currently, 11per cent of the global population still lacks access to clean water, one of humans’ most basic needs.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, only 61per cent of the population has access to safe drinking water.
In Nigeria, a recent survey by the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicated that 63 million people, who lack access to safe and drinking water, are exposed to waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid, making it the world’s third largest population without adequate drinking water supply.
One of QNET’s global strategies is to provide awareness on how best to access safe drinking water, and its participation at the Water Forum aims at contributing to the reflection on water security for the Africa population.
While commenting on QNET’s participation at the Forum organised by the World Water Council (WWC) and the Government of Senegal, Regional Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa for QNET, Biram Fall said: “Economic and environmental concerns related to climate change have highlighted the decreasing availability of quality water supply in certain countries which have low budgets for water treatment, especially in Africa.
“While households may not be able to control these factors, they can control the quality of water in their homes and we aim to be part of the solution. HomePure understands that water quality varies depending on the location.”
Based on research, he noted there were two major water quality problems to-date — fine sediment and hard water.
“These factors prevent most water filtration systems from working at optimum performance,” Fall added.
He added that the HomePure solution addresses this challenge via a unique eco-friendly nine-stage water filtration system.
“This eliminates harmful bacteria and viruses, improves taste and turns tap water to Pi-water – with no need for electricity – which is hard to come by for many African homes,” he explained.