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A generous donation for clean water

Last Updated Jun 6, 2019 at 11:53 am MDT

Calgary businessmen Geoffrey Cumming and David O'Brien made a $12 million donation to the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Techonolgy. June 5, 2019 (Courtesy - CAWST)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Millions and millions of dollars have been donated to help clean water projects around the world.

The exact donation: $12 million which was given to the Calgary based non-profit Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST).

CEO Shauna Curry said it’s a matching campaign that will ultimately save lives.

“Every year, the equivalent of Calgary population gets wiped out due to diarrhoea and unsafe water, so by helping other people get access to safely managed water, safe water to drink, we are helping people.”

The donation was made by prominent Calgary businessmen David O’Brien and Geoffrey Cumming.

Curry said that right now, more than 2 billion people around the world don’t have access to safe drinking water.

“What we do is provide practical knowledge and skills on affordable technologies that people can implement themselves in homes, schools and clinics. We’re behind the scenes supporting other organizations to be able to start, strengthen and grow their own projects.”

CAWST is a not for profit engineering consultancy that provides training to organizations in developing countries on water and sanitation.