Our hearts go out to the people of Nepal. In addition to all the destruction, they are now also facing the disasters of disease that come from a lack of safe drinking water. Reports are emerging from Nepal that the aftermath of the earthquake could include disease epidemics. As a result of the disruption in sanitation services and drinking water supplies, water-borne diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and other water-borne diseases could spread rapidly, with few healthcare services available to contain and treat infected patients.
With municipal sewage and water supplies in unknown states of damage, drinking water is being provided by trucks, and emergency latrines are overflowing, driving people to open defecation. Unicef is providing family water kits that include purification tablets which will last for one month.
We are working as fast as we can to develop the next version of our Smart Solar Purifier and manufacture it at scale, and talking to partner aid organizations to see if it can be used to help the Nepalese people get safe drinking water.