The Water Box Program has three components: Collaboration, Filtration, and Testing.
The purpose of the Water Box is to help public service organizations in communities with unsafe water by giving them an alternative to distributing single-used bottled water. For these organizations, the Water Box removes the burden of funding, purchasing, transporting and warehousing bottled water and 501CTHREE partners with the community to tailor the program to their needs. Before a Water Box is deployed, we listen to what the residents and organization’s members require and work collaboratively to find solutions for water distribution, transportation, testing, and communication. Through this process we are constantly uncovering new challenges and discovering novel ways to improve the Water Box program.
The Water Box is a four-stage treatment system that has been designed to address the water safety of communities where the municipal water infrastructure has degraded or been contaminated. Because it is intended to be used by volunteers in the community, the Water Box is simple to operate and maintain. Built from readily available off-the-shelf components, the 3-stage filtration and UV treatment remove the most common mineral and biological contaminants in municipal water such as lead, arsenic, copper, e-coli, legionella, and many others.
Testing & Transparency
Many residents we encounter feel they have been misled by official sources about the safety of the water in their community. From the start of the program, it has been important that we take an approach of radical transparency, and that messages about the Water Box program come not from us but from trusted members of the community. So we developed a testing program that is administered locally by the volunteers distributing water. Water samples are taken and tested on-site each day that the Water Box is in use, and samples are sent periodically to a third-party certified lab for verification. All the test data for each location is published to our website so that residents can see the water is clean and safe.