Drink Local/Drink Tap

 
Lori O’Neill introduced Erin Huber, the Director of Drink Local/Drink Tap.  Ms. Huber has a degree in environmental sciences.  She and Dan Isaccson of Drink Local/ Drink Tap came primarily to present their Uganda borehole water project information and to tell us about their efforts to reduce bottled water consumption, create awareness of freshwater issues, and to share our resources internationally to provide potable water.   
 
In 2009, Frank Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland held a Summit on Water here. The great
Lakes region boasts 20% of the world’s total fresh water resources while places like Uganda
and other African nations have little or none. What is available there is often not sanitary.
The conference revealed that children in less water blessed places carry water in jerry cans,
sometimes for miles, every day in order to provide drinking and washing water for their families.  
The cans are heavy and the distances are very far.  Drink Local/Drink Tap wanted to
know if there was a way that it could help reduce that burden. 
 
Drink Local/Drink Tap is now working on a project called Making Waves from Cleveland
to Uganda.  The purpose of this program is to dig a borehole in one Ugandan village that
would provide non-electric hand pumping of safer ground water located right in the village
itself.  This water can then be purified with gravity sand filters.  The time and energy this
project could save for the children in the village school is immense.  The expected cost of
this program is $50,000 and we can provide the one tool unavailable there, Money.  Every
$1 invested in such a project returns $9.
 
They presented a part of a larger documentary on the efforts of DrinkLocal/Drink Tap
in Uganda and Nairobi.  The documentary being filmed of the digging of the borehole in
Uganda is hoped to be available next year to give a voice to the need and show a solution to
poor water availability. Still photos of the terrible conditions in Nairobi can be seen on the
web site.
 
Clean water is not just a third world issue. Edgewater Beach was adopted by this group
and has been a recipient of the efforts of Drink Local/Drink Tap aided by a $5000 grant to
put up signs to keep the beach clean; by cleaning the beach itself; and, by setting out places
to recycle bottled water containers while urging people to use permanent containers.  
The web site for Drink Local/Drink Tap is drinklocaldrinktap.org.  You can volunteer,
donate on line, and/or learn about the programs this water group proposes.