WSI Bank of the West Fresh Water Action Challenge , SDG 6WSI

Design a solution for your family, school, community to reduce, reuse, and recycle water. Solutions might range from creative engineering concepts to capture and reuse water to strategies to make dramatic reductions in water use at your school or community.

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According to the UN, more than 40% of the world's population suffers from water scarcity, and 1.7 billion people live in locations where water use exceeds available water supplies. The importance of SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation cannot be understated.

Weather extremes caused by climate change have drastically reduced our water supply around the world. In California, USA, where many Bank of the West employees and customers live in work, extreme heat and lack of rain and snow in all 58 counties of California have caused a drought emergency proclamation. While this has a direct impact on Californians, these climate catastrophes also have far reaching impacts such as disrupted agricultural supply chains, decreased water quality, and destroyed animal habitats.

In other parts of the world, weather extremes in countries like Spain have decimated olive oil production. Across all of Europe, hot and dry conditions combined with receding water levels have forced communities to rethink the ways they use, conserve, and waste water.

In this challenge, we're asking you to think about ways that individuals, families, communities, and schools can work individually and collectively to help preserve and reuse fresh water.

Are you more interested in ways to reduce water usage or ways to reuse water--such as reusing water for wetlands in your neighborhood to support the local ecosystem and habitats?

Do you want to focus on what you can do as an individual to conserve water or what you can do as part of a larger community?

Not sure how to dig in? Take a closer look at how these agents of change are leading the path to a future with access to fresh water:

  • Bill Gates's Omniprocessor creates clean drinking water by separating water vapor from solid waste.
  • NanoAffix is a portable device that detects lead in tap water.
  • Agrobiogel prepares against droughts by increasing soil water holding capacity.
  • Asterra Recover detects moisture leaking from underground pipes to identify and stop water waste.
  • Israeli science teacher, Amir Yechieli, devised a plan to collect rainwater from school rooftops to conserve water.

Bank of the West

We are driven by our fundamental belief in redefining banking for a better future. At a time when people demand more from companies, we are taking action to ensure our activities help protect the planet, improve people's lives, and strengthen communities. That's why we are focusing on areas where we can have a real impact: supporting energy transition, helping enable women entrepreneurs and financing innovative start-ups. As the bank for a changing world, Bank of the West is committed to sustainable finance along with our parent company BNP Paribas. Through Digital Channels and offices across the U.S., Bank of the West provides financial tools and resources to more than 2 million individuals, families and businesses. © 2019 Bank of the West. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. Doing business in South Dakota as Bank of the West California. Learn more

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"One of the most exciting trends we see today is young people leading action on the Global Goals through innovative startups, social enterprises, youth-centered initiatives, and collaborative partnerships that bring together thinkers from business, government and academic circles. We all have to get involved to address the greatest threats facing our planet today."

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