Clean Water Lab

Access to clean water and sanitation is essential to human and environmental health. However, a growing share of humanity faces increasing difficulty accessing these crucial necessities.

Learn how you can tackle issues surrounding sanitary water and water security by joining the Clean Water Lab, part of Prepr’s Sustainable Innovation Lab series.

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UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: Clean Water and Sanitation.

UN Sustainable Development Goal #6: Clean Water

This UNESCO goal aims for clean drinking water and proper sanitation facilities for all by 2030. Many innovations have already been made to provide proper water and sanitation, especially to those in the developing world. Prepr can help you create a solution and ensure every global citizen has access to clean water and sanitation.

Key facts about water security

844 million people lack even a basic drinking-water system and 159 million people are dependent on surface water as a source.

More than 2 billion people worldwide are living in areas with excess water stress, meaning the total freshwater withdrawn exceeds 25% of the renewable freshwater available.

Northern Africa and Western Asia have water stress levels of over 60%, which indicates a strong possibility of scarcity in the future. By 2025, half of the world’s population will be living in water stressed areas.

More than 40% of the global population faces imminent or present water scarcity. This figure is expected to increase over the years due to climate change.

At least 2 billion people use a drinking water source that is contaminated with feces. Contaminated water is estimated to cause over 500,000 deaths per year.

Low and middle income countries reported that 38% of health care facilities lack an improved water source, 19% do not have improved sanitation and 35% lack water and soap for washing hands and body.

2.4 billion people live without access to safe and improved sanitation facilities such as toilets. 892 million people defecate in the open such as street gutters, bushes or in open bodies of water.

At least 10% of the world’s population consumes food irrigated by potentially contaminated waste water. Insufficient sanitation and hygiene is estimated to cause 280,000 deaths annually.

More than 80% of wastewater resulting from human activities is discharged into rivers or sea without any pollution removal. Each day, nearly 1,000 children die due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrheal diseases.

Approximately 70% of all water abstracted from rivers, lakes and aquifers is used for irrigation. Floods and other water-related disasters account for 70% of all deaths related to natural disasters.

1 in 4 health care facilities lacks basic water services. 3 in 10 people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and 6 in 10 people lack access to safely managed sanitation facilities.

Water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population and is projected to rise. Over 1.7 billion people are currently living in river basins where water use exceeds recharge.

By joining the Clean Water Lab, you can:

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Build solutions for the real world using our expert tools and resources

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Connect and share your innovations with like-minded experts and entrepreneurs using Prepr’s virtual Lab network

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Go from problem to pitch deck in 90 days or less using Prepr’s P.I.E.® Framework

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Build a portfolio project or CSR initiative that stands out and makes a real-world impact

Ready to build for a better future?

Get recognized for solving real-world problems. Join the Clean Water Lab today.