Watermakers for Kiribati
People of Kiribati are dying of thirst while drowning. Kiribati is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the effects of climate change and sea level rise. However, residents may have to leave well before the ocean claims their homes.
Climate Change Impacts: Kiribati's Water Paradox
Documentary that captures Echo the Eco's trip to Kiribati. Hundreds of students gathered around, anticipating the benefits of their new water maker. After pouring salt water into the inlet tube, the Aquifer gushed with water unknown by most. Students sprayed each other with their new drinkable water, and embraced the moment by covering us with hugs.
The average height of the country’s 33 islands is little more than 2 meters above the ocean. By the end of the century, melting glaciers and the thermal expansion of warmer seawater is expected to raise global ocean levels by 1 meter. Poverty, overcrowding and poor sanitation are galloping ahead of rising seas to deplete the islands’ resources, especially their supply of clean, fresh water.
In response to fresh water shortage, Echo the Eco built a desalination machine on a small town located in South Tabiteuea, Kiribati. Aquifer 360 water makers is the specific model of water maker that we brought to Kiribati (manufactured by Spectra Watermakers).The Aquifer 360 water-makers offer an easy-to-use, lightweight, and portable way to purify water from virtually any water source. The watermakers in the Aquifer 360 can provide 15 gallons/hour (57 Liters/hour) of purified water from salty, brackish, or freshwater.
We are committed to improving the social, economic and environmental well being of the global community and reaching out to victims that have been misplaced or harmed by abnormal climate patterns to enhance the acknowledgement and protection of environmental refugees. The goal of building a desalination plant was brought up and finalized after an interview with Ambassador Tito. Teburoro Tito was the President and foreign minister of Kiribati from October 1, 1994 to March 28, 2003.