PORTABLE FILTRATION SYSTEMS, UKRAINE

IN PROGRESS

STATUS

people impacted

dollars funded

FUNDED JANUARY 6, 2023

Since February 2022, more than 7 million Ukrainians have fled to neighboring countries, and 6.9 million people are internally displaced in Ukraine (according to the International Organization for Migration).  This has left millions of people with either limited or no access to safe water.  Water Mission, which is a partner of Ingomar Living Waters, has been active in Ukraine since soon after the war started helping provide clean water solutions ranging from water purification packs to mobile and fixed safe water treatment systems.  In addition, Water Mission has been distributing Ukrainian Bibles and providing spiritual help to a people in great time of need.

Ukrainian family

Ukrainians fleeing the country

Photo from BBC News: the destruction of a main water pipeline into Mykolaiv, Ukraine.

Russian forces have targeted water infrastructure and pipelines, cutting entire cities off from access to safe, treated water.  UNICEF estimates that six million people in the country are currently at risk due to limited or no access to safe water.  Residents have been left to gather unsafe water from streams and waterways.  Many have no choice but to use dirty buckets, gas cans, and plastic bags as
containers to gather this water, which is unsafe for human consumption.

Unit installation van

The funding provided by 50% of Ingomar United Methodist Church’s 2022 Christmas offering in conjunction with Ingomar Living Waters will allow a mobile filtration system, installed in a van, to bring clean, safe water to Kharkiv Oblast, Donetsk Oblast, or Mykolaiv Oblast.  We will deploy the mobile unit wherever the need is greatest at the time of implementation.  A mobile solution is safer from wartime targeting and can go where present need is the greatest.

The Reverse Osmosis (RO) system employed in this mobile unit is capable of producing approximately 2,000 liters of safe water per hour. Due to the time it takes to travel and find a viable water source in these dynamic environments, we estimate 2,000-5,000 liters per day is realistic in terms of water production.

The mobile unit will operate in one village per day (rotating villages) as long as conditions allow.  The number served will depend on the population of each village and community.  Based on our current experience, we estimate that we will serve 500-1,000 people each day in 2-5 villages per week.

The villages we will serve through this mobile water unit have no reliable access to a safe water source—water sources in these
communities have been compromised through intentional strikes on water infrastructure.

All future maintenance costs for this mobile safe water unit will be paid for by Water Mission funds which have been set aside to support the disaster response in Ukraine.

Ukrainians in line to gather safe water from a Water Mission safe water treatment system.

Water Mission has been working in coordination with the Ukrainian government to provide clean water in areas of the country where water infrastructure has been destroyed.  Throughout the organization’s response, Water Mission has built trusted relationships with key offices and leaders, which makes it possible to complete water projects quickly and effectively while avoiding unnecessary red tape and overhead costs. Water Mission currently employs a contracted team of Ukrainian engineers. The Water Mission disaster response leadership team is in daily contact with our Ukrainian staff, receiving real-time updates on all project progress and ensuring that funds are used effectively and for their intended purpose. The disaster response leadership team also makes regular visits to Ukraine to provide on-site management and review of projects.

Ukrainians in line to gather safe water from a Water Mission safe water treatment system.

Due to the current conflict, comprehensive data estimating the future impact of this project in Ukraine is not available. However, the general impact of safe water during a conflict is well documented. The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Ukraine Osnat Lubrani has highlighted the dire need for safe water that is affecting an estimated 6 million Ukrainians every day, noting that “poor water quality can
lead to diseases, including cholera, diarrhea, skin infections and other deadly infectious diseases.  People are having to live in crowded conditions and are unable to follow basic hygiene measures. ”UNICEF’s Ukraine representative Murat Sahin has further noted that “young children who live in conflict zones are 20 times more likely to die from diarrheal diseases linked to unsafe water than from direct violence, as a result of war.”

Reference: https://www.unicefusa.org/press/releases/14-million-people-without-running-water-across-war-affected-eastern-ukraine/39899

Throughout this disaster response, Water Mission has looked for opportunities to provide the Living Water of the gospel alongside safe water projects. That has included the distribution of more than 7,000 Ukrainian Bibles and biblically based trauma healing resources.  And most recently, Water Mission has worked with local churches in Ukraine to install static safe water access points on church property. These safe water sites provide for the physical need for safe water while also bearing witness to the church’s love and care for its neighbors.

Safe water is essential for families to thrive.

All projects are made possible by World Changers.