Join Xyla Water’s Mission: Providing Clean Water to 500 Deserving Families in Pakistan What is Xyla Water?
Xyla Water is a social impact startup that focuses on the UN SDG number 6: Clean Water and Sanitation. Our Startup aims at defying the affordability challenge, by providing clean drinking water to the underprivileged masses, using a cheap, biodegradable xylem water filter. Founded in June 2017, Xyla Water is commercializing filters based on research from scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The filter can clean enough water for a family of seven, for under $10 per year.
Let that, sink in… Background
One in every nine people do not have access to clean water. Moreover, 4000 children under the age of five, die each day due to water borne diseases. To put things into perspective, 50% of the world’s hospital beds are filled occupied with patients; dying due to waterborne diseases. In an age where flying cars are fast becoming areality, 844 million people globally do not have access to clean drinking water.
The situation in Pakistan is conditioned by poverty and heavily contaminated water. Around 70 million people live in under $3 a day and 14% of water supply sources in Sindh and Punjab water contaminated with arsenic. The Good news: The scenario is preventable; and we have the technology to solve this.
We, as young impact leaders, believe that widespread problems require simple, scalable and sustainable solutions. After searching and innovating, we’ve found the perfect solution: xylem tissue technology. Xylem tissue water filters have been developed and researched by Professor Rohit Karnik and his team at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Tata Center for Technology and Design, over the past four years. The filters have been tested in India, with promising results.
The cost of clean water is a huge issue in developing economies. Research shows that 60.2% of the people do not buy water filters due to lack of affordability. We are commercializing a filter, that is, on average ten times cheaper than the current solutions on the market. Xyla Water is on a mission to defy the affordability challenge by enabling access to clean drinking water for people who live under $3 a day.
The Xyla filter is based on naturally occurring plant xylem, which is readily available and cheap to produce. Xylem tissues from pine trees are processed and made into filters. Using pressure generated by gravity, water seeps via the xylem tissues and is cleaned as the tissues act as a microscopic sieve. The filter has a rejection rate of 99.99% and rejects particles as small as 100 nanometers. Our team is manufacturing the filters at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan.
The extremely affordable filter is simply a tube with a screw in/ screw off cartridge. The cartridges are made of plant tissue and hence are 100% biodegradable! There are no technical or maintenance skills needed - the filter simply attaches to any water reservoir in a household. What's our plan?
We will be distributing five hundred water filters to five hundred of the most underprivileged families in Lahore, Pakistan to help them provide clean water for a year. Simultaneously we aim at organizing workshops at 25 schools across Lahore in order to raise awareness among children and mothers alike. For this project, Xyla Water has partnered up with Dream of Education for All (DEFA) The mother-child interactive workshops will be aimed to raise awareness on the importance of clean water and on waterborne diseases. The initiative will benefit more than 3,000 people! How can you be a part of Xyla’s mission?
We cannot do it alone. We need your help to start our first project of providing 500 families clean drinking water for a full year, while raising awareness on water-borne diseases at the same time. Currently we are raising $10,000 to launch our pilot project.
The money raised will go towards manufacturing the filters, organizing awareness sessions, operational costs and setting up a supply chain. Once the pilot is out, we will monitor the results for six months and actively incorporate feedback from the locals. We are also working aggressively on the partnership and collaboration front. Your donations will help make a huge impact for a lot of people by providing access to clean and safe drinking water.
No donation is too small. Even a single dollar goes a long way to actually save lives and improve the quality of life for the most underserved. Each social media share you make has the potential to raise awareness and help us achieve our goal faster. You can donate and help us by sharing the campaign on your social media profile and spreading the message through your networks. Wait, who is behind all this?
We are a team of five ambitious millenials based in five different countries. Even though we are located all over the world;In Belgium, Palestine, Pakistan, India and USA. We are united by one vision: spearheading clean water sources for every household! We worked online for five months before bringing this mission to life in Oslo. The cofounders were part of the Young Sustainable Impact Innovation program and are recognized as the global 25 under 25 earthpreneurs. Sixteen volunteers from around the world are working with us to make clean water a reality.
One of our co-founders is studying at MIT and is working closely with the MIT research team on the filtration technology. The other co-founder based in Pakistan is leading operations and manufacturing of the filter, where it will be first deployed and piloted. The rest of us are taking care of partnerships, grants and hiring. Our backgrounds span engineering, business, HR and technology. Together we bring a diverse set of skills, network and expertise to Xyla.
We would love to hear from you. Say Hello, to us, by sending us an email at [email protected]. Believe in global impact. Believe in Change. Believe in Xyla Water. Give for Clean Drinking Water!
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