The human body is a marvel. It is one of the most complex systems in the world. Biological, electrical, mechanical, and computational, this human machine runs not on externally generated power, but on an internal generator, fueled by food and drink.
Imagine the wonder of a man-made system which operated in this way. Insert nearly any type of edible substance and some kind of liquid, and the the machine is capable of complex math, heavy lifting, fine motor skills, and creative genius. Of course, the type of food does ultimately matter. Our bodies function better with certain types of fuel. The liquid matters, too. While we can function with any number of liquids, those higher in water content are better, and pure water is the best – the human equivalent of high octane fuel.
The Most Critical Component
In fact, water is so critical to this complex system that the human body can only last a few days without it. In contrast, we can keep functioning for over ten times as long without food. This presents a unique problem for people living in places where water is scarce or contaminated. They must either drink water filled with disease-causing bacteria or drink nothing at all – a literal life-or-death decision.
And so, every day, hundreds of millions of people make the choice to drink contaminated water in order to sustain their lives and the lives of their loved ones, while they hope and pray to not get too sick from the water they are consuming.
Clean What They’re Drinking
For these people, water filtration is the answer. Bill Coble, Founder and President of Uzima Water Filters, often reminds the Uzima team that, “Anywhere people are living, there is some water.” And if there is some kind of water – water that people are drinking every day – then it only makes sense to clean that water. You can eliminate that life-or-death decision that leads to illness in even the best of cases. All you have to do is clean what they’re drinking.
Uzima’s point-of-use water filters are designed to clean the water people are drinking, and to do so in their own homes. While the social, political, cultural, and practical challenges of community water systems are too complex to discuss here, there is a long history of water conflict in our world. A household water filtration system, fully controlled by and contained within the home, eliminates a lot of these complexities. As one Uzima partner in Subsaharan Africa puts it, “Ownership is complete.”
Complete control of the water supply. Complete responsibility for the family’s water health.
A Simple Solution That Simply Works
So, while wells and municipal systems have their place, they also come with cost, complications, and complexity that can derail even the most well-intentioned clean water efforts. Meanwhile, a simple household point-of-use water filter can clean the water people are already drinking, and can provide immediate relief from the burden of waterborne disease.
For more information about Uzima Water Filters, visit uzimafilters.org