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Up the future!


Safe drinking water, a steppingstone to a sustainably healthy future.

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Up the future!


Safe drinking water, a steppingstone to a sustainably healthy future.

Not just a technology

UpWater is a research and development project that endeavors to achieve safe drinking water and health betterment for people in under-resourced communities. Our team has developed a breakthrough water-treatment innovation that is effective, affordable, safe, and simple. But we know that the technology alone is not enough to create a meaningful and sustainable impact. Thus, in addition to the technological innovation, UpWater also comprises a community-oriented educational campaign to induce social transformation around safe drinking water practices and a business plan to distribute the products through fair and sustainable local market-based mechanisms, rather than giving away the products for free. We see safe drinking water as a steppingstone to improvement of people's health in the long term.

Check out these slideshows for quick overviews:

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Updates


We have a lot of work to do, and we enjoy doing it.
Check out what we have been up to.

Updates


We have a lot of work to do, and we enjoy doing it.
Check out what we have been up to.

We have a lot of photos and videos to share with you. Below are the most recent sets. (All previously posted photos and videos can be found in the Blog). We'll continue to post more, so check back often to see the latest we have been up to!

[Photos] Hands-On School Activities, Local Business Planning, And More Aug 18-21, 2015

[Photos] Hands-On School Activities, Local Business Planning, And More
Aug 18-21, 2015

What's that? You have only a few minutes but want to know how SODIS X can help make your drinking water safer? You like animations too? We've got you covered. ;) Watch the video (3:55 min).

[Photos] Interactive Activities In Huay Malai School And More Sep 15-17, 2015

[Photos] Interactive Activities In Huay Malai School And More
Sep 15-17, 2015

We held interactive learning activities at Huay Malai school. Through games and discussions, the students learned about drinking water safety and treatment methods. We also went to Ban Mai school to follow up on the SODIS X activities of the past month. Also, there were more development on the SODIS X sales at the community stores and the Rainflowr rainwater collector. See the photos.

[Video] Drive From MTEC To Nong Lu (Implementation Sites) Aug 18, 2015

[Video] Drive From MTEC To Nong Lu (Implementation Sites)
Aug 18, 2015

Here's a time-lapse video of the drive from MTEC to Nong Lu (the location of the implementation communities), from 6 hours to 5 minutes. Come along for the ride! Watch the video (5:51 min).

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The Motivation


A seemingly uncomplicated yet serious problem that kills the most vulnerable among us.

The Motivation


A seemingly uncomplicated yet serious problem that kills the most vulnerable among us.

In this day and age, it's hard to believe that about 768,000,000 people worldwide still lack access to safe drinking water, isn't it? That's more than 10% of the world population! 

This is a serious global health problem. Unsafe drinking water is a major cause of diarrheal diseases that kill as many as 1.8 million people per year, most of whom are young children in developing countries. 

This problem, in 2011, killed about 760,000 of children under the age of five. A tragedy of that magnitude can be difficult to grasp. Imagine this: 90 school buses filled with kindergartners crash and there are no survivors. Now imagine those crashes taking place daily for one year. That is how tragic the global drinking-water problem is. 

UpWater endeavors to tackle the problem.

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The Implementation Sites


Remote, underprivileged communities on Thailand's western border.

The Implementation Sites


Remote, underprivileged communities on Thailand's western border.

UpWater is being implemented in three remote communities in Sangkhlaburi district of Kanchanaburi province in Thailand. Situated close to the Thailand-Myanmar border, the communities are home to underprivileged people, most of whom are displaced Mons and Karens, who constantly struggle with economic and health burdens.

Fung Na

Fung Na is a community of Karen-ethnic people, who typically earn their income as dayworkers at nearby rubber plantations. The people in the community rely on water from a small spring for bathing, drinking, and household use.  

Ban Mai

Settled on a piece of public land by a river in Ban Mai is a community of Mons. The people in this community use water from the river for household use and drinking. They earn their incomes by working in nearby rubber plantations and gathering and selling non-timber forest products.  

Mong Sa Tur

Living in Mong Sa Tur is also a community of Mon-ethnic people. Wells (both protected and unprotected) are the primary sources of water in the community. The people in the community also work as dayworker and gather non-timber forest products.  

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The Team


The Team


Our team is unique and diverse. We have many different backgrounds and areas of expertise: design, material science, microbiology, electrical engineering, nursing, community development, public health, product development, entomology, environmental engineering, community outreach -- you get the picture!