Commitment to clean water since 2013

Construction of a rainwater storage tank in Tanzania.

Water – source of all life and a scarce resource in many parts of the world. To improve supplies of drinking water, since 2013 Knorr-Bremse Global Care e.V. has made a special commitment to promoting development projects themed around water. To date, 15 projects have benefitted from a total of €800,000.

Today almost 800 million people have no access to clean drinking water. At the same time, around 2.5 billion people have no appropriate sanitary facilities. Inadequate hygiene and contaminated drinking water are among the most frequent causes of disease in developing countries. For more than five years now, Knorr-Bremse Global Care e.V. has been supporting projects designed to have a lasting positive impact on the situation of people in need. For 2013, the members of Knorr-Bremse’s not-for-profit association chose to concentrate on the topic of water. In keeping with Global Care’s long-term and sustainable approach, the topic will remain a focus of its worldwide engagement until 2015 – an engagement that provides many people with a better quality of life.

Thanks to investments in 15 water projects totaling around €800,000, last year some 62,000 people benefited from access to clean drinking water or better sanitary facilities. Among other things, the association supported the construction of a solar irrigation plant in Benin, helped build sanitary facilities in India and funded rainwater storage tanks in Tanzania. In this latter assignment, Global Care supported the construction of 30 storage tanks in conjunction with the “Ingenieure ohne Grenzen” (Engineers without Borders) organization. The tanks are built to a closed design originating in Kenya. They are located underground to enable natural cooling of the water, which is a huge advantage when it comes to preventing microbial contamination. The next step was to train the local people to maintain the rainwater storage tanks for themselves in the long term. Construction of one tank keeps 20 people supplied with clean water. Along with an improvement in water quality, however, there is another valuable spin-off effect here: children and women no longer need to cover long distances to fetch water.

Further information (in German) on the work of Ingenieure ohne Grenzen can be found on the Internet at www.ingenieure-ohne-grenzen.org/de.

Solar irrigation plant in Benin.

Working together with "Ingenieure ohne Grenzen" in Tanzania.

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Construction of a rainwater storage tank in Tanzania. 


Solar irrigation plant in Benin. 


Working together with "Ingenieure ohne Grenzen" in Tanzania.