StreamKey Serves Communities Worldwide with Water
Ohio-based water and wastewater systems specialists bring water and sanitation to communities in Africa.
StreamKey, an integrated solutions provider for residential and commercial water and wastewater systems in the Midwest, is committed to helping vulnerable children and families in Africa get access to safe water and improved sanitation. After funding a safe water well in Uganda, the company continues to dedicate a portion of its profits to helping more communities.
StreamKey prides itself not only on its excellent technical and marketing support in the field of water and wastewater systems, but also on its service to the community. In 2014, StreamKey President Mike Felton and engineer Ron McAdams helped StreamKey donate a portion of its profits to water and sanitation projects in poor communities. That year, StreamKey funded a clean water well for a village in Uganda. After seeing the results, the company committed to helping another community in the next year.
“This company is really serving people well all around the world,” says Lifewater General Manager Shaun Russell. “They offer world-class service and expertise to their clients here in the US, but they also have a rare understanding of how deeply water and sanitation affects every part of life, so they know how profound their impact can be on people who have never had it.”
Worldwide, 663 million people do not have access to safe water and 2.4 billion do not have improved sanitation. Without access to water and sanitation, people suffer from preventable, water-borne diseases, which keep them out of school and work. They also spend hours each day gathering water or finding a safe place to go to the bathroom, which further marginalizes them from education and productive labor. In rural Uganda, where StreamKey provided its first well, one in ten people must collect water from contaminated streams and ponds, which they share with animals and often go dry for several months each year. Three in four people have no toilet or latrine.
“I have always been impressed with the approach that Lifewater takes to get local organizations involved in the whole WASH methodology,” said Ron McAdams of StreamKey. “There is community pride and ownership involved in the process of providing and maintaining the wells (versus simply installing a well and leaving the community) – as well as providing the education on sanitation and ways to prevent the spread of water-borne disease. Our company is looking for ways to ‘give back’ to the local and international community, so supporting Lifewater was a natural choice since we are in the water business as well!”
StreamKey plans to provide another village water source by raising $5,000 through a portion of its sales. You can help them by donating here.
Lifewater International is a non-profit Christian water development organization dedicated to effectively serving vulnerable children and families by partnering with underserved communities to overcome water poverty. With experience in more than 40 countries since 1977, Lifewater serves all people focusing on contextually appropriate water sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) development. For more information, contact Christine Zurbach (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit www.lifewater.org. Lifewater International is based in San Luis Obispo, CA