UAE based water foundation, Surge will be holding a range of events to highlight water scarcity issues across Dubai on March 22nd – UN World Water Day. Nick Ames has more
Thursday March 22, the official UN World Water Day, will be marked by UAE-based water solutions organisation Surge, with an opportunity to discover the ‘real price of water’.
Worldwide almost 663 million people do not have access to safe drinking water while more than 2.4 billion people live without basic sanitation.
Water, sanitation and hygiene-related diseases affect 1.5 billion people, killing nearly 1 million people each year.
Surge provides sustainable safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions, in an effort to change the world one drop at a time.
Members will be collaborating with UAE universities by setting up treadmills on campus and offering students a water if they will ‘pay’ for it by walking the distance indicated on the label.
Their aim is to help people understand the arduous journey made by women and children daily to fetch water in developing nations where Surge works.
Manipal University Dubai is spread heading the initiative and has been joined by The American University of Dubai and The American University of Sharjah.
Surge will also be hosting a family picnic in partnership with The Sustainable City.
This free event takes place from 4pm to 7 pm on March 22nd at The Sustainable City and visitors will be able to learn more about water related issues and be inspired to take on best practices.
It will be followed by a movie screening of a documentary called Tomorrow from 7pm onward, which showcases solutions to make a difference.
Surge Middle East is a licensed, not-for-profit organisation in the UAE that works to increase awareness of the global water crisis and deliver educational programs and events to promote conservation and sustainability of water usage.
To date, Surge has impacted over 500,000 people across 11 countries through the provision of household water filters, water harvest tanks, filtration systems, wells rehabilitations, latrine constructions and educating communities.