An 80s comedian once called bottled water the “greatest scam on the planet.” His reasoning is understandable enough; water is the most abundant resource on the planet. Bottling water and upcharging people for it doesn’t make a lot of sense when you think about it. As with many comedians, he was exaggerating a bit. Bottled water allows people to drink water without impurities and chemicals like chlorine. It has even helped the people of Flint, Michigan maintain a drinkable water supply. However, the major concern with bottled water is not its cost or the problems of one American city; people worry about the thousands of plastic containers that get thrown out every year. Yet one bottle water company, Waiakea Hawaiian Bottled Water, is prioritizing sustainable bottling practices, as well as giving water to people who do not have access to clean water around the globe.
Pump Aid’s current focus is on Malawi, a small African country that faces many problems with its water supply. After the introduction of its special pumps to many of the nation’s villages, the nation’s infant mortality rate fell drastically. Transmission of bacterial diseases often spread through a dirty water supply also fell by a similar rate.
Statistics show that somewhere in the world, a child loses his or her life to a water-related illness. Pump Aid and many other charitable organizations wish to end this trend. People can support its work by donating to the organization directly, or they can support the charity by buying bottles of Waiakea’s bottled water.