This quote from Pasteur is more than a century old! If in developed countries the situation has changed, … in large parts of the world, too many people don’t have any other solution than drinking “stagnant water”!
To this day, 900 million people living in rural areas do not have access to clean drinking water. This is the fist cause of illness and death fort these populations, with a staggering 20% infant mortality rate. Today, the main water conveyance projects target cities as a priority.
Knowing that 1.5 liters of clean water per person and per day can significantly reduce these illnesses, 1001fontaines offers an efficient and sustainable solution allowing small isolated communities to produce entirely clean drinking water.
For villagers to be able to buy it, we first need to produce this drinking water at the lowest cost. Hence the use of surface water (or low-depth wells) and solar-powered disinfection by ultra-violet. To the same cost limiting objective, the production sites are set as close as possible to the consumers, therefore reducing distribution costs.
Applying these principals to the first sites now allows us to offer villagers clean drinking water for about $0.01, or €0.007 per liter.
Insured sustainability by creating micro-business: running the station is entrusted to an operator who produces drinking water, packages it into containers [bonbonnes] (in Cambodia) and sells it in the village. The profit the operator makes allows him to live and maintain his production tool.
A double objective is reached: the possibility given to each villager to drink up to 2 liters of clean water a day and the creation of a long-lasting economic activity, ensuring revenue to the operator/entrepreneur and his or her family.