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seametrics-rainwaterThere is an increase in the desire to collect rain water and use it around the house in order to be environmental friendly and conserve water.  With the world wide water supply decreasing year by year, collecting natural rain water is an outstanding way to be kind to Mother Earth and be environmentally responsible. You also get to experience a decreased water bill and lessen your carbon footprint!

How to collect rain water

Rain barrels. Utilizing rain barrels to collect rain water is probably the most common water collecting method. You can find rain barrels at your local home improvement store, online, or you can construct one yourself. They are comprised of plastic and come in different sizes.  If you happen to have a lot of rainfall, choose a large rain barrel and be sure that the top of the barrel has a cover on it to keep mosquitos, animals, and children out.

Place your rain barrels right under the down spouts on your gutters. This assures that the water run-off from the roof gets into your rain barrel.  What’s great about rain barrels is that they have a spout at the bottom of them so that the rain water can flow out. Simply fill up smaller containers or hook up your hose to the spout.

Rainwater collection system. You can also install a rainwater collection system, which is comprised of big tanks that are under the ground. When it rains, the water is directed to the tanks and then when the rain water needs to be used, there is a filter and a pump that pumps the water out for your needs. This type of collection system is much pricier and will need to be installed by a professional.

Utilize other collectors.  You could collect rain water naturally simply by using things you already have around your home like buckets, a child’s swimming pool, watering cans, etc.  Simply allow them to fill up with the rain water and use the water within a short amount of time. If you wait too long, mosquitoes may breed, so be sure to use the water within a couple of days.

Uses for rainwater

There are many things you can use your rain water for in and around your home.  Many people use it to water their gardens and plants.  You can also use it for showering, washing your car, doing laundry, or watering the grass.

Options

There are various things you can do with rain water collection. For the downspouts, there are copper rain chains that add a decorative feature to the process. They spiral down from the gutter into the rain barrel and simply add some flair to the process.  You can also create a rainwater garden, which you can use to specifically water your garden area.

Collecting rain water naturally is a wonderful idea to utilize free water that simply falls from the sky.  You will find that being so resourceful not only helps out Mother Earth, but also gives you an accomplished feeling inside.

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Tips on How to Live Sustainably

by admin on October 7, 2013

sustainability-seametricsI am sure many of you have heard a little bit about the eco-footprint the world leaves today on Mother Earth. The world is becoming more and more polluted and hazardous based on the amount of emissions damaging the ozone layer, global warming, and the overflowing amount of trash and waste.

Many people were told throughout their lives that “One man cannot change the world,” but I can assure you that every person has the potential to make a great change in the world today by doing a small part. There are certain things you can do and add to your everyday life that can help save the beautiful world that we all live in and live sustainably.

Recycle

To recycle something simply means to reuse it. If you recycle, the items do not go to the overflowing landfills and create piles and piles of more trash. Instead, they are used again in some fashion. By doing your part and recycling what you can, you are saving energy because creating products with ready-made items takes less time than creating items from raw materials. Almost every home in the United States today has a recycling bin it will be picked up by your local garbage company. By taking a few extra minutes each day to sort through what can and cannot be recycled, you are reducing pollution and the size of landfills that affect the air you breathe. Recycle plastic, cans, and glass.

Walk more

If you realized that you need to run to the store to get some milk for breakfast, instead of cranking up your car to drive half a mile to the gas station, use your muscles by either walking or riding a bike. By not using your car for the little trips you make throughout the day, you are greatly reducing the amount of pollution that affects the world. Not only is it good for the environment, it is also good for your health, as regular exercise does a body well.

Use eco-friendly cloth grocery bags

Have you ever thought about how many plastic and paper bags are used every day? Estimates come in at 1 trillion per year worldwide. That is about 1 million bags being used per second, which is way too many. It takes about 1000 years for a plastic bag to degrade or decompose.  They are not good for the environment at all. Millions of people purchase things every day and almost all of their items are placed in plastic bags. There is an eco-friendly solution and that is to purchase a cloth, reusable bag to put all of your groceries and products in.  By bringing your cloth bags to the grocery store with you, you are doing your part to reduce the amount of wasteful bags.

Conserve water and energy

Simple things like turning the water off while you brush your teeth or turning the light off when you leave a room can dramatically decrease the amount of water and power you are using. If you are done using the toaster in the morning, unplug it. Only run the washing machine when it is full.  Turn the fans off when you are not home.

Grow your own food

To live sustainably means that you do your part to provide for yourself and consume the least amount of energy that you can.  If you grow a garden, you will be able to eat delicious fruits and vegetables and consume less from the grocery store.  If you think about the food that comes from the grocery store, it took a great deal of energy to get that food there.  Farmers had to use energy with tractors to create the farming fields, then it had to be taken to the store via truck or airplane, and the store consumed electricity to keep the fruit and vegetables cold.  By having your own garden, you are doing your part in being eco-friendly, getting organic produce, and living sustainably.

Here are other ways you can live more sustainably:

  • Do not use plastic bottles.
  • Use cloth napkins.
  • Use eco-friendly cleaning products.
  • Start a compost pile and use it for your garden soil.
  • Hang your laundry out to dry.
  • Consider being a vegetarian
  • Install Compact  Florescent Light (CFL) bulbs

Do your part to help the environment and live sustainably. As you do, you will feel a great sense of peace and joy knowing that you are treading lightly and being kind to Mother Earth.

How to Convert Your Home To Solar Energy

by admin on September 16, 2013

solar-power-homeAs power bills continue to rise in households, more and more homeowners are thinking about converting their homes to solar energy. As a matter of fact, in some parts of the United States, residents are paying between $400 and $900 per month for their utility bill. That is a lot of money!

Why should you switch to solar energy?

By making the switch to solar energy you will not only save money, but you will also be reducing the amount of fossil fuel use, which ultimately helps the environment.  Fossil fuels are a major source of air pollution and are not necessary when we have an abundant supply of renewable energy through the sun. Another advantage is that you will avoid power outages when your area has a major storm.

How to make the conversion

When you decide to convert your home to solar power, the first thing that you can do is to make your home as energy efficient as possible before you do anything with solar panels. You can do so by:

  • Installing energy efficient windows
  • Using environmentally friendly insulation
  • Installing energy efficient appliances

Having an energy efficient home from top to bottom can only help you save even more money and tread more lightly on Mother Earth.

The next thing you can do is determine how much energy you need to power up your home. You can simply take a look at your past power bills to determine your energy needs.  You do not want to install more solar panels than you actually need, as they are pretty pricey to begin with. Some websites will actually allow you to input your energy use details and a calculator will let you know a rough estimate on how many panels you will need.

Make sure that you have enough roof space and hours of sun to make use of the needed solar panels. Solar energy will best suit your home if your roof is facing south. Also, be sure that there is nothing obstructing the beautiful sun rays, like trees or other buildings.  You want the sun’s rays to get a direct hit on the panels.

Installing the solar panels

If you are not an expert with solar power installation, it is best to hire a professional to install yours for you.  Most solar panels are mounted on the roof, but sometimes they are mounted on polls as well.

Install solar water heating

To convert your home to solar energy, you may also want to install a solar water hot water tank.  In order to get hot water, normally people rely on an electric hot water tank, but this uses about 25% of a household’s energy. By installing a solar hot water tank you are saving yourself a good amount of money each month.

Converting your home to solar power may cost you a bit up front, but if you do the math for the next ten or twenty years, you will be coming out ahead by quite a bit in financial savings. You are also being conscientious of the environment and the rapid depletion of fossil fuels.  Solar power is becoming a more viable option for homeowners as prices continue to drop and people hear more and more about it.

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10 Ways You Can Conserve Water At Home

by admin on August 25, 2013

seametrics-conserve-waterWater is a precious substance that is oftentimes taken for granted.  Did you know that there are about 1.2 billion people worldwide that do not have the ability to access clean water?  The water that they are surrounded with is dirty and many people have to walk for miles and miles just to get that.

Freshwater is a precious commodity. It ought to be conserved to the best of our ability in order assure that there is an abundant supply worldwide for the future.

Here are 10 ways that you can conserve water at home.

  1. Check your toilets and faucets for leaks.  If you have a small leak in your toilet or a faucet, you could be losing hundreds of gallons of water per day. Every so often do a thorough check for leaks and replace the inside parts of your toilet every year or two.
  2. Install low-flow faucets and shower heads.  You can purchase low-flow faucets and shower heads for under $20 and this will save you a lot of money over time.  Installing such an efficient gadget saves you 1 to 2 gallons of water per minute.
  3. Put a plastic water bottle in toilet tank.  If you take a plastic bottle, put a few pebbles or rocks in it, fill it with water, and then place it in the back of your toilet, you can save up to 10 gallons of water per day. By placing the bottle in the toilet tank, less water is needed to fill the tank and therefore less water is being flushed.  Experiment to see if a 1 or 2 liter bottle fits better and be sure it is not touching the working parts of the toilet.
  4. Insulate water pipes. If you wrap your water tank and insulate the connecting pipes you will be saving water in the long run.  By insulating, you are keeping the hot water from losing heat so the hot water tank is not used as often, thus reducing energy consumption.
  5. Brush your teeth without the water on.  You can save up to three gallons of water per day if you simply turn the water off as you brush your teeth.
  6. Shorten your showers. Many people take much longer showers than necessary. Shorten your showers and you will be able to save about 5 gallons per minute.
  7. Use garbage disposal sparingly. It takes water and energy to run the garbage disposal, so run it sparingly.  Consider starting a compost pile with your organic scraps.
  8. Install low-volume toilets. There are super-efficient toilets made today that will save you 6 or 7 gallons per flush.  Go ahead and purchase a low-volume toilet or consider putting in a composting toilet which requires no water at all.
  9. Only do full loads of laundry and dirty dishes.  If you will wait until the washing machine and dishwasher is full before running them, you can save up to 20 gallons of water per wash.
  10. Toss your tissues in the wastebasket and not the toilet.  If you have to use a tissue, don’t throw it in the toilet and flush it but instead toss it in the wastebasket.  Each flush uses between 5 and 7 gallons of water, so you will be able to conserve much water.

It is not difficult to conserve water, but it does take a commitment and a bit of handy work around the home.  If you are not that handy, ask a friend or family member to take care of your toilet, faucet, and pipes in order to make them energy efficient.  Follow these tips and watch the amount of water you use on a monthly basis decrease and save you money!

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KENT, WA – The Board of Directors of Seametrics Inc. has announced the selection of Asrat Mikhail (Mike) Yitref as the new CEO. Yitref is currently the VP of Sales for the Sales Center USA of Endress + Hauser Inc., having formerly served there as the VP of Marketing. Mike has also served in the roles of General Manager of Industry Marketing for Yokogawa, as well as Director of New Business Development & Technology and Manager of Product and Industry Management for Fisher-Rosemount.

Mike received his BS, Biology and Physics from the University of Washington. He has hands-on engineering experience as a Manager of Application Engineering and also as an Instrument & Controls Engineer.

Curt Burnett, Chairman of the Board said, in announcing the hiring decision, “We believe that Mike’s deep experience in instrumentation product development, marketing, and sales management will be of great benefit not only to Seametrics, but also to its customers and partners. We’re looking forward to working with Mike as he leads the company to a new level of excellence.”

About Seametrics
Seametrics Inc. is a designer and manufacturer of a wide variety of flow metering products. Since 1990 the company has provided innovative solutions to users in industrial water treatment, energy management, irrigation, utilities, transportation, and chemical handling. Seametrics products have a reputation for durability and accuracy at a competitive price, and are sold largely through a network of domestic and international distributors.

The location just south of Seattle Washington is home to both the engineering and production groups. Seametrics employs just-in-time manufacturing methods and has a high commitment to continuous improvement. The company follows its ISO 9001 quality management system and employs lean design principles. A focus on innovation, product value and customer accessibility has resulted in two decades of continuous growth. Seametrics is dedicated to providing our customers with products that help in many different ways to make the world a better place.

The History of Farming Infographic

by admin on July 22, 2013

Since the first plants were domesticated, irrigation has played a vital role in the development of agriculture worldwide. Take a whirlwind tour of the history of agriculture and irrigation from ancient times to present day.

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eco-carsStudents Design and Race Eco-Cars of the Future

Engineering competitions that involve cars and the environment attracted plenty of attention this spring. One collegiate engineering competition, EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future, was held in late May in San Diego, Calif.

This three-year competition was established by the United States Department of Energy and General Motors and builds on a 23-year history of Department of Energy Advanced Vehicle Technology Competitions. EcoCAR 2 challenges 15 universities across North America to reduce the environmental impact of a Chevrolet Malibu without compromising performance, safety and consumer acceptability.

Teams spent the first year creating and testing their eco-vehicle designs using different technologies and the second year of EcoCAR 2 utilizing cutting-edge automotive engineering processes to redesign their Malibu vehicles. The vehicles then underwent safety inspections and on-road evaluations by Argonne National Laboratory and General Motors engineers. The cars were evaluated on reduced fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions as well as performance, utility and safety.

Pennsylvania State University was declared the Year Two winner at the end of the EcoCAR 2013 Competition. The team impressed judges with its ethanol E85 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The team was also the first that passed safety and technical inspections, on-road safety evaluations, and ran all the competition dynamic events.

The second place team, Cal State Los Angeles, was the first team to complete all the events with its ethanol-fueled vehicle. Ohio State University took third place overall after demonstrating its series-parallel hybrid electric vehicle.

The University of Washington is also part of the competition and consists of undergraduate and graduate students with backgrounds in engineering, business, and art. The team is building an EcoCAR-dedicated facility called UW Advanced Vehicle Works with the goal to create a laboratory for ongoing alternative fuel research.

Year Three of EcoCAR 2 finals are set for May 2014 in Washington, D.C. Over the next year, the teams will continue to work on the program’s goals that include building cars that reduce petroleum energy consumption on the basis of a total fuel cycle analysis; reduce fuel consumption; reduce well to wheel greenhouse gas emissions; reduce criteria tailpipe emissions; and maintain consumer acceptability in the area of performance, utility, and safety.

For more information about EcoCAR 2 visit www.ecocar2.org.

 

Shell Eco-marathon

Earlier this year, more than 1,000 students in high schools and colleges entered 131 vehicles in the seventh annual Shell Eco-marathon competition. The event has students build their own cars and compete to travel the greatest distance on the least amount of fuel. It was held April 4-7 in Houston, Texas.

During the competition, a vehicle designed by a team of students from Quebec’s Université Laval traveled 3,587 miles on a single gallon of gasoline. It was the highest mileage ever achieved for both Université Laval and the Americas challenge.

The Canadian team has dominated the competition for four of the past five years. Last year’s winner, a team from Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Ind., placed second with a best run of 2,308 miles per gallon.

The Université Laval team in 2012 didn’t complete a qualifying run but this year’s achievement earned the $2,000 grand prize. Teams competed from Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States.

While impressive, the winning team didn’t break the all-time record of 8,914 miles per gallon by a French team in 2003. The Shell Eco-marathon also occurs annually in Europe and Asia and involves thousands of students from dozens of countries.

Mater Dei High won again this year in the UrbanConcept category of the competition, with 849 miles per gallon of gasoline. The Louisiana Tech University team’s vehicle achieved 335 miles per gallon of diesel fuel and won second place.

Locally, the Granite Falls High School eco car team, UrbanAutos, achieved 244 miles per gallon and won $1,000 in their category during this year’s competition. The co-ed UrbanAuto team traveled to the competition again this year with the school’s all-girl team, the ShopGirls. The team made national headlines the first year it competed in 2010 because it was the first all-girl team to participate in the event. This year, a second all-girl team, Doves Under the Hood from St. Scholastica Academy of Covington, La., was a welcomed addition to the competition.

The 2013 Shell Eco-marathon Americas event was attended by 4,000 people and included the Shell Energy Lab, with attractions around innovation and the future of energy. For more information on all 2013 events across the globe, including the complete Americas 2013 results, please visit the Shell Eco-marathon website at www.shell.com/ecomarathon.

Going Green, Saving Green

by admin on June 9, 2013

greenDiscussions about how to help the Earth and save money at the same time certainly aren’t just reserved for Earth Day. We often hear terms like “going green,”  “sustainable living,” and “eco-friendly.” Many people are seeking ways to change their daily routines in order go green and save green at home and at work.

Here are some ways to begin making simple changes to help the Earth and save money.

Saving Energy

It sounds simple but unplugging electrical appliances when they aren’t being used is a good place to start saving energy around the house and the office. If you’d rather, use a “smart” power strip that senses when an appliance is shut off and decreases its energy output.

Install compact fluorescent light bulbs when your older incandescent bulbs burn out. The compact fluorescent light bulbs can often be recycled for free at participating retail locations, utility offices, or household hazardous waste facilities.

Having your heating system inspected regularly by a professional in order to sure it is operating safely and efficiently is another way to save energy. A programmable thermostat can be helpful in keeping the temperature of your home to 68 degrees or lower when you’re awake and lower when you’re asleep.  If you have baseboard heaters, turn the thermostat down or off in unoccupied rooms and close the door. Don’t do this if you have a furnace or heat pump. Instead, clean or replace your furnace or heat pump filters about every two months throughout the heating season.

Another way to understand how to save energy is to have an energy audit.  On average, an energy audit can show people how to save up to 30 percent on their utility bills. You can find an auditor through your utility company or hire one. For a list of certified auditors, visit the nonprofit Residential Energy Services Network at www.resnet.us.

Using Less Water and Energy

Do you know that most of the energy used by clothes and dish washing machines goes toward heating the water? You can save energy just by washing clothes in cold water, doing full loads of laundry and filling up the dishwasher whenever possible.

A family of four consumes up to 21,000 gallons of water by washing about 540 loads of laundry a year. The same family averages more than 150 loads of dishes, using about 1,500 gallons of water. By washing just two fewer loads of laundry and one fewer load of dishes per week, a family could save up to 4,500 gallons of water a year!

Other ways to save water include taking shorter showers, drying clothes on a clothesline instead of a dryer, fixing leaks and installing low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators. These devices conserve heat and water but still keep water pressure high so they’re a smart choice.

Saving Energy by Changing Habits

There are also many other ways to save energy and be eco-friendly by changing daily habits.

One way is to walk or bike to and from work. This habit saves on gas and parking costs and is healthy, too. If you live too far from the office to walk or bike, consider telecommuting if it’s an option.

You can also decide to shop for new or gently used secondhand products and support local farmers by buying locally raised, humane, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy whenever you can. Or chose to skip the bottled water, use a water filter to purify tap water and fill a reusable water bottle.

When you’re ready to throw used cell phones, computers and other electronic devices away in favor of an upgrade, remember to recycle them responsibly. Americans threw away 5.5 billion pounds of electronics in 2005, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That e-waste harms the environment because of the mercury and other toxics it contains. The Consumer Electronics Association created mygreenelectronics.org to help people find a recycling resource in their area. The site also provides a list of electronics which are easier on the environment and your wallet.

Also, remember to look for products with the Energy Star label whenever you replace a household appliance. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy sponsor the Energy Star program and the labels guarantee that products are energy-efficient.  For example, Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs and fixtures can use up to 75 percent less energy while lasting 10 times longer.  A household that uses Energy Star products consumes about 30 percent less energy than the average household, resulting in an annual savings of about $570!

Being Water Smart, Not Water Short

by admin on May 24, 2013

Water is a valuable resource and so it’s important to use it wisely. Conserving water or using it efficiently will help ensure it’s available in the future for new generations of people, plants and animals.

But how can one person help?  Is conserving water a habit in your daily life or could you and members of your family be doing more?

The Washington State Department of Ecology is part of a partnership program initiated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to protect the country’s supply of water. WaterSense, according to the EPA, aims to promote the value of water efficiency, decrease water use, encourage innovation in manufacturing water-efficient products, and helps to provide easy ways for consumer to save water.

The program uses a WaterSense label to help consumers locate and buy products and services that equate to smart, water-saving choices. Having the WaterSense label on products and services means they have been certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient.

Since the program began in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save a cumulative 287 billion gallons of water and over $4.7 billion in water and energy bills. The EPA’s WaterSense 2011 Accomplishment Report showed that the use of WaterSense labeled products by the end of the year resulted in reductions of 38.4 billion kWh of electricity and 13 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

The EPA also notes that every American uses an average of 100 gallons of water a day at home. By installing water-efficient fixtures, water use can be cut by 30 percent. In fact, the EPA says using an aerator and faucet with WaterSense labels could amount to saving 11,000 gallons of water.

The average household spends as much as $500 per year on their water and sewer bill and can save about $170 per year by installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances. The WaterSense label can currently be found on bathroom sink faucets and accessories, showerheads, toilets, urinals, new homes and weather-based irrigation controllers.

While it’s true that the largest use of water used inside the home is from inefficient fixtures, it’s also a good idea to get in the habit of using only what you need. Here’s 25 more ways to be water smart and not water short.

1. Run the clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full and save 1,000 gallons of water a month.

2. Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and it rains more often.

3. Wash fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

4. Check outdoor faucets, sprinklers and hoses for leaks.

5. Shave a minute or two minutes off your shower time and save up to 150 gallons of water per month.

6. Use roof water in your garden.

7. Decrease the number of glasses that need to be washed per day by refilling one glass or a water bottle with water every day.

8. Use a rain sensor on an irrigation controller so it won’t run when it’s raining.

9. Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

10. Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.

11. Fix that leaky faucet and save 140 gallons a week.

12. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.

13. Replace your toilet flapper if it doesn’t close after flushing.

14. Keep soil cool and reduce evaporation by leaving lower branches on trees and shrubs and allowing leaf litter to accumulate on the soil.

15. Report broken pipes, open hydrants and errant sprinklers.

16. Throw trimmings and peelings from fruits and vegetables into your yard compost to prevent using the garbage disposal.

17. Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.

18. Wash your pets outdoors in an area of lawn that needs water.

19. Consider reusing your towels.

20. Don’t let the water run while you lather when washing your hands.

21. Insulate hot water pipes for more immediate hot water at the faucet and for energy savings.

22. Winterize outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking or bursting.

23. Wash dark clothes in cold water.

24. Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car and save up to 100 gallons every time.

25. When you have ice left in your cup or if you drop an ice cube on the floor, dump it on a plant instead of in the trash.

 

To learn more about the WaterSense program and label visit www.epa.gov/watersense/about_us/what_is_ws.html. Visit www.wateruseitwisely.com for more ideas on how to conserve water.

Seametrics Give WaterAmericans tend to take clean water for granted. Freshwater pollution is a serious issue for about half the world’s population, leading to about 250 million cases of water-related diseases and between 5 and 10 million deaths each year. According to UNICEF, nearly 900 million people lack access to clean water and 2.5 billion lack decent sanitation. Likewise, 2 million children die each year from pneumonia and diarrhea, illnesses UNICEF says can be prevented with improvements in water and sanitation. For a novel holiday gift idea, consider giving the gift of clean water to an impoverished child or family on the other side of the world.

Many not-for-profit organizations in the U.S. and abroad are stridently working to improve global water quality. WaterAid is one such group. It recognizes the worldwide need for water and sanitation as 2.5 billion people don’t have a safe and clean place to use the toilet. As a result, 3,000 children die each day from preventable diseases related to unsafe water or lack of basic sanitation. WaterAid works with both individuals and families to help set up, operate and manage water projects in order to provide safe water and effective sanitation for the poorest people in developing countries. Working in partnership with local communities, the organization uses low-cost technologies suitable to local conditions that can be maintained by the communities. Since 1981, WaterAid has provided 15.89 million people with safe water, as well as 11.02 million people with safe sanitation since 2004.

The 2012 UNICEF Tap Project is aimed at providing clean water for millions of children all over the world. Since it began in 2007, the program has raised almost $2.5 million in the U.S. alone and has become an important movement in ensuring the world’s children have safe, clean in which to drink and bathe. UNICEF invites volunteers to donate funds, volunteer time or donate water to make a different for an impoverished child. The 2012 UNICEF Tap Project funds will be donated to support water programs in Togo, Cameroon, Mauritania and Vietnam.

Global Water is another international, non-profit organization, founded in 1982. Its mission is to create safe water supplies and hygiene facilities for those in developing countries. Global Water is a volunteer-based organization, so the majority of donations are sent to facility projects in rural villages and schools. Some of those projects include surface water supply and distribution systems, rain harvesting supply systems, water-well drilling activities, hand pump installations, water treatment equipment, latrines, hand-washing stations and community laundry washing and bathing facilities. Plus, Global Water is currently developing a “Technology Push” program to implement filtration and disinfection equipment in developing countries’ rural areas.

Surge is a U.S.-based nonprofit which helps provide clean water to undeveloped nations. Its projects have built fresh water wells, manufactured filters and built sanitation systems for communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Haiti, Pakistan and Tanzania. Since its inception in 2008, Surge has provided clean water to 44,260 individuals. A donation of just $25 provides $25 people clean water for five years. One-hundred percent of all public donations are used to fund Surge’s sustainable water projects.

Charity: Water is determined to lower water-related fatalities in the world. According to the organization, unsafe water and lack of sanitation kills more people each year than all forms of violence, including war. In Africa, people spend 40 billion hours each year walking to reach water. Thus far, Charity: Water has funded 6,994 water projects, giving 2.7 million people access to clean water in 20 nations. Since private donors cover its administrative costs, 100 percent of public donations made to the organizations are used to fund clean water projects. Charity: Water not only accepts individuals’ direct donations, but it also offers gift donation opportunities, perfect for the holidays or a special occasion. Donations may be made in a friend or loved one’s name, and a greeting card will can be printed or sent via email to “deliver” the gift. Donors who wish to contribute $5,000 or more can sponsor a water project for a village, school or clinic in a developing nation. When the project is completed, the donor will see proof of the project with GPS coordinates and photos in Google Maps.