Still many people in Sudan have no access to safe drinking water and sanitary facilities. In many parts of the region the situation leads to a spread of waterborne diseases. Recognizing the need of clean drinking water, HELIOZ cooperates with Siemens to counter the water & hygiene crisis in Sudan and provide safe drinking water to Khartoum and Kosti.
“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,” Sabine Dall'Omo, CEO of Siemens, Southern and Eastern Africa
The collaboration between HELIOZ and Siemens aims to provide a solution that will deliver drinkable water and „WASH“ water health and sanitation measures to the marginalized communities in Khartoum.
The project will be implemented in two phases. In the initial stage the disadvantaged areas of Greater Khartoum where access to safe water is a major challenge. In a second step, Siemens and HELIOZ aim to extend the initiative to Kosti in White Nile State where Siemens is already engaged in the upgrade and renovation of two schools.
“We are delighted to cooperate with Siemens AG, who takes on social and ecological responsibility and contributes to the development of local people beyond their usual business activities.” Martin Wesian, Founder Helioz GmbH
Based on the environmentally friendly method for Solar Water Disinfection „WADI“, HELIOZ is able to provide safe drinking water on a houshold level. WADI was especially designed by HELIOZ for communities that are in need of an easy-to-use solution for water disinfection. WADI has been tested and approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The solar-powered device not only provides people with safe water to drink, it also has a positive impact on the environment. The change in method of disinfecting water from boiling to WADI leads to a reduction of CO2 emissions and indoor air pollution.
“Business exists to serve society and helping the societies in which we operate is part of our core value at Siemens. Our collaboration with HELIOZ on this project solidifies our commitment to address basic human needs and essential infrastructure for the advancement of communities and regions we operate. Positively impacting the quality of life of people in our regions is crucial to us.” Sabine Dall'Omo, CEO of Siemens, Southern and Eastern Africa
The project for Sudan is now entering the next stage. The production process of the required equipment for the project is in full swing. The WADIs are currently being produced in India and the safety and functionality is being extensively tested by local experts.
More infos on our blog: Safe Water for Sudan