Healthy water, Healthy life: AU student organization educates community on clean water scarcity
The student organization educates Auburn University students and community members about countries around the world that do not have access to clean water.
Finding solutions The organization partners with NeverThirst, a non-profit out of Birmingham that gives water filters to families around the world.
The filters cost $150 and last for 10 years.
“There are a lot of communities that have to travel really far to get to their water source and, when you have that problem, that’s hours in a day wasted that can be spent on education or developing a nation,” said James Smith, former president of Auburn for Water.
“So when you’re spending hours a day trying to collect clean water, that’s wasted time.” Smith said NeverThirst does both family by family targeting in some communities and an entire well in other communities, depending on the area.
Events during Water Week include a concert and Ultimate Frisbee tournament.
So she drank chemically contaminated water for 4 years.
She also has psoriasis and migranes and several other medical conditions that have all been directly linked to that consumption of contaminated water.” Growing up, Bergstresser saw her mom struggle with health issues related to the water contamination at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
“it’s really crazy to tell a 14-year-old that your mom has cancer, and then later find out that it was because someone was dumping chemicals into water,” Bergstresser said.
So just how the families struggle to begin with just to have food, but then to see families have to struggle with dirty water related illnesses only makes their job of surviving that much harder.” Nabors explained the importance of taking care of our water sources.