Clean Water for Guatemala

This Phase 1 project is a pilot program between the Guatemalan Dream Center – theGDC and Better Things LLC. Both organizations have hands-on experience in working with water problems facing a significant portion of Guatemala. The new “point of use” clean water solutions developed by Better Things can help alleviate many of these problems for the most vulnerable people.

Why Guatemala?
Guatemala suffers from some of the worst malnutrition in the western hemisphere (back and forth with Haiti), and clean water is at the core of the problem. The GDC has been working with the most underprivileged people in Guatemala for many years but never found a simple, sustainable, and scalable cost-effective solution to clean water. Better Things has brought a solution to the country. The founders of Better Things have been associated with the GDC and have first-hand experience in Guatemala, working to find clean water solutions. Combined, the two organizations can make a difference in the availability of potable water in the most remote areas of Guatemala.

Who benefits from Phase I – Guatemala?
theGDC’s daily contact and support for those most affected by lack of clean water will help identify the recipients of the first systems. The “point of use” clean water systems will be purchased by the GDC from Better Things and disbursed throughout the southwestern region of Guatemala. Ten (10) pilot water systems will be deployed as part of Phase I, and the data collected will then provide a solid foundation from which to launch additional filter systems. theGDC and Better Things first-hand knowledge of Guatemala will allow a smooth introduction of this clean water program.

The Filtration System
The BlackBox High Volume water filtration system leverages proven technology with improved usability and performance. This proprietary design uses a dual filtration system and automatic backflushing to optimize filter performance and maximize longevity. Simple to use and effective. Installation takes less than 30 minutes. The water filtered is 99.99999% clean, the highest EPA standard. A solar power option ensures functionality, even without a reliable power grid. 

The Anticipated Project Results
This project will provide clean water to an estimated 1,000 families in Guatemala for years to come; pilot installations to learn from and improve the system for future use; place active units for demonstrations to organizations and government groups.

Direct Benefits:

  • Improved Health
  • Reduced Waterborne Illnesses for recipients

Secondary Benefits:

  • Reduced medical expenses
  • Increased productivity and time in school