Today over 1 billion people are still without access to clean water causing severe health problems and impeding their economic development.

Good Earth Power seeks to improve the availability of reliable and clean water sources by bringing together best management practices, innovative technology and conservation programmes. Water. We drink it, use it to cook and wash, irrigate our crops with it, draw power from it, find food within it…water is life. And yet dirty water kills more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

In September 2010, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution affirming that water and sanitation are human rights and therefore legally binding under relevant international treaties.

In many countries in Africa clean, fresh water is scarce. It is now increasingly acknowledged by global authorities that "... the scarcity at the heart of the global water crisis is rooted in power, poverty and inequality, not in physical availability." United Nations Human Development Report, 2006

We believe that by raising awareness of the issues surrounding water, offering solutions based on the best of modern and traditional water management techniques and introducing new technologies from around the world, the basic right of access to clean water can be achieved.

We work with global experts, national governments and local communities to ensure appropriate solutions are delivered with an overriding emphasis on long-term sustainability.

Good Earth Power's Water Resource Management programme will be focused across fisheries, agriculture, communities and industry.

1. Fisheries
Increase food supply through the development of purpose-built, ecologically sound fish farms that use the latest scientific methods to increase yields. Once local and regional markets are serviced, international exports can be developed.

Fisheries can establish a symbiotic relationship with aquatic plants, which we use as an additional bioenergy feedstock, optimising the use of land and water to create food and energy from this 'mini-ecosystem'.

2. Agriculture
Starting with our own land development programme, in consultation with specialists from all over the world, we will implement the latest computerised irrigation techniques while utilising the most water efficient systems available.

Our programme will further disseminate knowledge of these techniques and systems as well as our own on-the-ground experiences to all with a view to widening the overall understanding of key water management issues.

3. Communities
We will ensure that our communities have easily accessible local water resources through the digging of wells or creation of reservoirs. Advanced water purification systems will be used to ensure that water is potable.

Education programmes focusing on conservation and management will help to ensure that water resources are used sustainably.

4. Industry
Recycled water will be used at our power plants and where possible a closed-loop system will be integrated in order to ensure that our industrial activities have a minimal impact on water resources.

Innovative technologies will be employed to assist with responsible mining practices and where possible, existing tailings ponds will be cleaned, releasing captive water assets back into the local water system.
Facts about Water
  • Of the total global water volume, only 2.5% is freshwater, of which 70% is locked in the permanent polar ice caps and snow coverings in mountainous regions 1
  • Less than 1% of all freshwater resources are available for human use 1
  • 70% of global freshwater withdrawals are for crops 1
  • The average person in the developing world uses 10 litres a day for their drinking, washing and cooking. The average European 200 litres and North American 400 litres 2
  • Every day, diarrhoeal diseases cause some 6,000 deaths, mostly among children under five – simple hygiene measures such as washing hands after using the toilet or before preparing food can prevent most of these 3
  • Households in rural Africa spend an average of 26% of their time fetching water 4
  • It takes about 780 litres of water to create 1 litre of fruit juice and about 100,000 litres to create 1kg of beef 5
1. UNEP
2. Water, Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council, UN    Development Report
3. UNESCO, World Water Assessment Programme
4. UK Department for International Development
5. Waterwise
Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and therefore a basic human right.
KOFI ANNAN