Waiākea water and Pump Aid have paired up to help those without access to clean and sanitary water in Malawi. The leading cause of death in children under the age of 5 in Malawi is dirty water and poor sanitation. This is the 2nd leading cause of death in adults from Malawi. As of 2014, it was noted that 650 million people worldwide lacked clean drinking water. To put this into size perspective, that is 2 times the size of the United States. As of 2014, 2.3 billion people worldwide did not have access to proper sanitation. Sub-Saharan Africa countries including Malawi make up 37% of those who live without clean water and sanitation. Americans use just under 700 liters of water daily, those living in Malawi use only 15-20 liters of water daily. These astounding facts are what inspired the pairing of Waiākea water and Pump Aid. Team members work with community leaders to find the most sustainable spot to build the water pump. Community volunteers help build the pump with the supplies provided by Waiākea water and Pump Aid. This provides the community volunteers with the knowledge they need to help build more pumps and maintain the existing ones that will bring much needed clean water to their communities. Over 4234 pumps have been delivered to Malawi; these pumps currently provide water to 487,600 people on a daily basis. The impact of these pumps has already been seen by the increased number of children who attend schools and less illnesses and malnutrition.
Waiākea water was founded in 2012 with the main goal of contributing to and promoting conservation. Mauna Loa volcano produces Waiākea water through snow melt that is filtered through porous volcanic rock. It is naturally filled with minerals that make it a natural electrolyte and naturally alkaline. Waiākea water is bottled in packaging that is certified Carbon Neutral. Waiākea water also contributes to regional reforestation projects. They believe that you need to treat the earth well and continually give back to better it.