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CASE STUDY: THE IMPORTANCE OF CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
In the developed world it is easy to take clean water and sanitation for granted.
In the developing world both clean water and sanitation are scarce. The consequences are severe, can ruin or destroy the lives of men, women and children, and severely hamper economic progress.
At EIP we invest in and develop solutions to complex problems that have systemic impact for entire populations, for generations to come.
Consider the following:
Water & Sanitation: The Terrible Facts
- Water-borne diseases are responsible for 80-percent of illnesses and deaths in the developing world, killing a child every 15 seconds
- Every day 4,400 children under the age of 5 die around the world, having fallen sick due to a lack of safe drinking water and sanitation
- Five times as many children die each year of diarrhea than of HIV/AIDS
- A third of the world’s population is enduring some form of water scarcity
- One in every six human beings has no access to clean water within a kilometer of their homes
- Half of all people in developing countries have no access to proper sanitation
- Half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people suffering from water-borne diseases
- More than two-thirds of those without clean water survive on less than $2 a day.
- In some places, women have to walk nearly 10 kilometers to reach a water source.
- Millions of school days are lost as a result of girls dropping out of school because they must fetch water or because there are inadequate sanitary facilities in schools.
- Today, 800 million people live under a threshold of “water stress.” That figure will rise to 3 billion in 2025, especially in parts of Asia and Africa
- Many countries have to import more than half of their food needs because they do not have enough water to grow more food
Why is it so difficult to provide clean water and effective sanitation? Put simply it is ultimately a function of cost for both the treatment systems and the distributions systems required to transport everything: lack of viable sewage disposal options, the cost of water treatment in terms of plants and pipeline networks (Capex/Opex), and the energy required to run it all.
The transportation and distribution of potable water is a major challenge for communities dispersed between congested urban cities and sparsely populated rural areas. High volume distribution solutions enable the benefits of clean water to be spread faster. Pipelines are an efficient means of distribution, but the economics can be challenging due to the extent of engineering and manpower required to install and maintain pipeline networks.
The Solution? EIP & VelociFoam
With its partner VelociFoam, EIP introduces a game-changing technology that enables pipelines to be installed in as little as a quarter of the time and at less than half the cost of a conventionally installed pipeline. In addition, Velocifoam’s solution can prevent or minimize most leaks. The proprietary technology also allows HDPE pipes to be used reliably for water utility applications for the first time in history, by preventing the effects of road loads and ovaling.
Velocifoam achieves its effect by burying pipelines in a trench of proprietary foam that quickly seals the pipe into position and protects it from leaks or incursions.
Velocifoam was recently validated by the Norwegian state authorities as the best new technology available for the installation of pipes in water, hydroelectric and other applications. Their test regime involved subjecting a demo installation to severe temperatures and pressures in excess of 5 atmospheres (bar). Authoritative studies have been conducted by the prestigious Trondheim University and Statkraft, the Norwegian state engineering firm, reported no failures or negative notes and recommends the use of the technology to efficiently distribute and transport precious resources.
Velocifoam is already in discussions regarding pipeline implementations in several countries.
Velocifoam enables EIP to cost-effectively and efficiently accomplish two important objectives:
- Distribution and transportation of potable water
It is of little use to produce large volumes of potable water if it can’t be reliably brought to communities. This could be as simple as a pipe to take water through congested urban areas, or a pipe to stretch between towns, or to reach important farming or industrial areas. Pipelines amplify the reach and volumes of water that can be distributed, 24 hours per day, and the Velocifoam enables this to happen at significantly lower cost with fewer related problems. Velocifoam also significantly reduces congestion from water tanker trucks, vehicles and even pedestrians.
- Transportation of sewage/sanitation
Effective sanitation is essential, and Velocifoam could quickly install the pipe infrastructure necessary to begin to drive real change. Until effective sanitation is implemented, rivers and the land will continue to be polluted and thus populations will continue to be exposed to disease.
The cost advantage of Velocifoam and the ability to run HDPE pipe make it an excellent solution to a serious problem set. A plan could be implemented initially with just a few strategic trunk lines and then spread out in later phases for wider distribution.
The impact of this on national health statistics will be very significant. This technology proposition will improve quality of life for millions, with all kinds of consequences for education and economic and human potential.