Global technology company Siemens has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a social enterprise company, HELIOZ, that is active in the field of water disinfection and development of climate projects, to provide safe drinking water to marginalised Sudanese residents of Khartoum, where there is no access to potable water.
Under the MoU, Siemens will contribute to changing the water crisis, by sponsoring a “WASH” campaign aimed at providing a solution that will deliver drinkable water to marginalised communities in Khartoum, the executive capital of Sudan.
A joint press release explained that the technology to be utilised is based on an environmentally friendly method of Solar Water Disinfection with UV-indicator called WADI.
WADI, which has been tested and approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), as an effective method for household water, was specifically designed by HELIOZ for communities that require an easy-to-use solution for water disinfection.
The solar-powered device not only provides people with safe drinking water, it also has a positive impact on the environment, the press release noted.
The change in method of disinfecting water from boiling to WADI leads to a reduction of CO2 emissions and indoor air pollution.
“Clean drinking water is an essential and basic human right. Communities having reasonable access to clean water promotes better health, while preventing the spread of easily avoidable diseases. This solution that we’re bringing to the people of Sudan will provide an improved way of life and will add value to our people,” says Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO of Siemens, Southern and Eastern Africa.
The project will be rolled out to beneficiaries in two phases. The initial stage will be implemented in the disadvantaged areas of Greater Khartoum where access to safe water is a major challenge.
In a second step, the partnership aims to extend the initiative to Kosti in White Nile State where Siemens is already engaged in the upgrade and renovation of two schools.