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Walk for Water brings attention to need for clean water globally

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In the United States getting clean water is as easy as turning on the tap. But for some in third world countries, it's not as easy. Roughly 1.8 billion people drink unsafe water every day. 

"Frequently, there are polluted water sources shared by an ever growing population of people who use the water for everything from bathing animals to washing clothes. So you can imagine that those water sources become very polluted and very unsafe for drinking," explains Julie Johnson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Water Missions International.

The United Nations has designated Saturday as World Water Day and Water Missions International, headquartered right here in Charleston, is helping spread the word and support the cause.

"Over 1.8 billion people lack that safe access. So on World Water Day events, lectures and educational events go on so that people can become aware and get engaged around this important issue," says Johnson. Here is Charleston, the Walk for Water will raise awareness and funds to help bring clean water to people around the world.

"There are a lot of folks who have lived in Charleston, all their lives and may not be aware that Water Missions International is right out your back door. It is a local organization with a global reach and very seldom do you have the opportunity to have someone who touches so many lives in your backyard," enthuses Johnson.

"We have over 140 employees worldwide. People actually on the ground, engineers, that are in these developing countries who are assessing their needs, and bringing them what we call the Living Water System which treats their water and makes it safe for them to drink," says Johnson. Not only do they bring water to communities in need but Water Missions International also employ locals in the countries they are work in. The Living Water System developed by the company is portable so they're able to be in 49 countries worldwide.

"Water Missions has been very successful in assembling these locally, and shipping them out globally to be there in disaster response situations or just in communities that have always lacked access to safe water," says Johnson. The group has responded to natural disasters beginning with Hurricane Mitch in Honduras in 1998 to most recently Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

With the annual Walk for Water coming up this Saturday, know that a very minimal donation can make a big impact.

"If you provide a minimum of a $10 donation, you can provide safe water to someone for life," explains Johnson.

To register for the Walk for Water, click here: Walk for Water Registration


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