Sail for Water
The United Nations recognize access to safe and clean drinking water as a fundamental right. However, unclean water is wreaking havoc among the world’s poorest populations, and remains the major cause of death in the world. This scourge affects children in particular. As a sponsor of Sail for Water, Arkema is taking action to improve access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene.
A humanitarian round-the-world tour on a sailing boat
Three young French people inspired by a common drive for entrepreneurship and solidarity are responsible for the Sail for Water NGO.
At every stop-over, Sail for Water meets with disadvantaged populations, touched in their daily lives by a lack of access to drinking water and sanitation facilities. A true nautical and humanitarian challenge.
In partnership with local associations, the NGO aims to:
- Distribute drinking water filters,
- Raise awareness of hygiene in communities in need in order to minimize risks of contamination and disease.
After sailing the planet's oceans for over 20 months, the crew dropped anchor in the bay of Toulon on Saturday 24 June 2017.
The Sail for Water NGO...
Sail for water continues
The Sail for Water mission didn't come to a halt when the crew came back to France in June 2017. Indeed, the NGO BlueGold took over from them in september 2017.
Founded by a family set on sailing around the world in a catamaran, the NGO is committed to humanitarian, educational and scientific actions. For global access to drinking water, it will distribute filters to the most remote populations.
To date, more than 30 filters have already been distributed in the Sine Saloum region of Senegal.
The microfiltration membrane technology
These hollow fiber filter cartridges manufactured from Kynar® PVDF fluorinated polymers offer superior performance. This process ensures extremely fine filtration of suspended particles in water.
The water is driven under low pressure through thousands of semi-permeable and porous hollow fibers. The organic fiber membranes retain suspended solids as well as elements such as micro-organisms and bacteria. Once filtered, the unsanitary water is fit for drinking and totally safe.