Water Has the Power to Change Lives – Dow Thailand story
For people in many regions of the world, access to clean water can be difficult – and sometimes impossible to come by. The United Nations reports that an alarming one in four primary schools does not have drinking water service, leaving students with two options: drinking unsanitary water or going thirsty. Thailand is one of those regions with a water crisis – as much as one-third of the country’s surface water is of poor quality due to sewage and industrial wastewater. That’s why Dow Thailand collaborated with the Thai Red Cross to provide drinking water to students in remote regions of the country.
Thanks to an investment from Dow’s Business Impact Fund, 50 water filtration machines were installed at 50 schools. The machines remove bacteria, viruses and other contaminants from the local water. More than 3,800 students and community members in Thailand now have access to clean water. Every six months, the machines are evaluated for maintenance needs, including filter replacement and water quality testing.
“As one of the world’s leading science companies, Dow recognizes the importance of bringing innovation and technology to provide clean drinking water, which is the most vital resource of life,” said Dow Thailand Managing Director Jirasak Singmaneechai. “This project helps to ensure that Thai children can have access to clean drinking water, become less prone to illness and can receive the education they need.”