Providing Clean Water During An Emergency

by International Medical Corps
Sep 6, 2013

Providing Communities Clean Water Solutions Before an Emergency

Dispensing water from a DayOne Waterbag in Haiti
Dispensing water from a DayOne Waterbag in Haiti

The DayOne Response Waterbag has the potential to lessen the aftermath of disasters by providing communities the means to purify drinking water on the family and community level. The Waterbags can be prepositioned in regions vulnerable to disaster, ensuring the solution to the problem is present before the disaster strikes.

DayOne Response and International Medical Corps have continued to dedicate resources to the pilot program. In June, International Medical Corps and DayOne Response developed a concept for an international fund dedicated to supporting innovations in humanitarian assistance. The concept covers not only the pilot program, but evaluation for the pilot – a step that is crucial to determining the most effective way to distribute and teach communities about the Waterbag. The development of the concept included the input of International Medical Corps’ Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene experts ensuring that DayOne and International Medical Corps developed the pilot plan with the highest standards.

In July, International Medical Corps and DayOne Response traveled to California to present DayOne Response’s social business model and the pilot program to another potential donor that focuses on social entrepreneurship.  International Medical Corps and DayOne Response discussed their plans and the Waterbag technology in detail with the donor. Further discussions are now ongoing about how the donor might support the pilot program in the near future.

Additionally, in July, DayOne Response and International Medical Corps narrowed down the ideal region to pilot the Waterbag as East Africa. This came as a result of several conversations between DayOne Response and International Medical Corps’ field and technical teams looking at several factors including flood seasons, insecurity, and existing community practices. To kick start efforts, our next step is to send sample bags to International Medical Corps’ field teams in East Africa, where field and technical teams will determine the size, scale, and other parameters of the pilot program. International Medical Corps and DayOne Response will document the process with photos and videos and will use it in its continued promotion of the effort.

Currently, International Medical Corps and DayOne Response are preparing to highlight the DayOne Waterbag project at the upcoming Clinton Global Initiative meeting in late September to attract new partners to support the project.

“Each year, over 255 million people are affected by natural disasters, and without access to clean water, they face potentially life-threatening waterborne illnesses. We have the solution to disrupt this trend. With a DayOne Waterbag and P&G’s Purifier of Water packets, families and communities are empowered to treat their own water on site, converting even muddy, bacteria-ridden water into clean drinking water. When roads are impassible, a single UH-1Y helicopter can carry about 5000 DayOne Waterbags, providing enough water to support 20,000 individuals. The Waterbag is durable enough that those first-day units will still be functional months later. 

In Haiti, we met Dimitry, who regularly walked 9 miles to water distribution points, only to get a single 1-liter water bottle, which was not enough for his family. He told us the DayOne Waterbag would change everything for him, including providing his family with clean drinking water and hope to recover from the disaster. With the first-responder focus of International Medical Corps and field experts, we have the ability to make this make this a reality for Dimitry and other communities affected by natural disasters. We are working together to save lives and provide clean drinking water on day one.” – Tricia Compas-Markman, Founder & CEO of DayOne Response

International Medical Corps and DayOne Response
International Medical Corps and DayOne Response
DayOne Waterbag, Before and After Treatment
DayOne Waterbag, Before and After Treatment
Dispensing water from a DayOne Waterbag in Haiti
Dispensing water from a DayOne Waterbag in Haiti



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Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
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