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The H2O Solution for clean drinking water in rural China

The problem the initiative attempts to solve: Currently, there is still a considerable challenge in identifying and uncovering prevalent unsafe water sources in China's remote and rural areas today. In response to this issue, MyH2O establishes The H2O Solution which focuses on offering customized solutions to address water safety issues for rural villages in China.
Initiative's objectives: This project focuses on the villages in the central and western regions of China, where there are hidden dangers in drinking water. Professionals, public welfare volunteers, enterprises and public welfare organizations participate in the design and implementation of targeted solutions and try to ensure the long-term sustainable operation in the local area. They also join their efforts in supporting water safety awareness education course when necessary. Local village organizations propose to us their water quality issues at each project site. After reviewing, we develop a preliminary report on water quality data and key issues. Through our information database, we deliver this report and complementary data and materials to our partners. We involve equipment, technical and funding support to participate in the implementation of each solution. Once we have gained enough donations or get enough donors involved, we negotiate with all involving parties to carry out the solution.

Overall action steps:

1- Establish partnership with local organizations and village leaders willing to support our initiative.
2- Selection and confirmation of project site, including a collection of detailed data on water quality issues from local villagers.
3- Match supporting parties from our database, including environmental professionals, funding partners, technical and equipment support partners, with project sites.
4- Design and confirm sustainable solution plans according to each project site.
5- Implement solutions and deliver complimentary educational materials to local villagers.
6- Subsequent return visits to monitor the sustainability of operations and maintenance of each solution.
7- Reflect on implementation results in each project site and eventually accumulate and publicize industry white papers on successful cases and best practices of fieldwork.

Initiative's follow-up mechanism: We do 2-3 years return visits to supervise the implementation of our solution. We also invite local operating partners to join the process of monitoring and giving feedback, in order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the solution. For communities with qualified implementation, the ownership of our equipment will be delivered to the locals. For underperforming communities, our solution implementation project groups own the rights to retract the equipment. The above details are all confirmed by signing relevant agreements with community organizations in the early stage of implementation.

Expected impact

6.1 - By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
To provide stable and safe water resources, The H2O Solution has designed and installed water resource facilities. Up till February 2021, we have implemented solutions in 8 project sites. Among the 5 project sites, we have installed our Charity Water Stations in 3 of them. With the support of various enterprises, welfare organizations in local villages, environmental professionals and many other parties, we have installed these stations in local schools in need of clean water. Currently, there are 8 running water stations, providing clean water resource to on average 1000 villagers per station. Each person extracts 37.4 liters of water per month from our stations. The Stations attempt at eradicating the pressing issue of unsafe local drinking water in rural China. MyH2O regularly collects water quality data, operation, and maintenance information of the water station in the subsequent 2-3 years after its establishment to ensure seamless sustainable operation in the long run.
6.b - Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
The H2O Solution believes that engaging and strengthening the participation of local communities in solving this issue can make our solutions more sustainable and effective in the long term. The water stations charge a minimal fee. The revenue that these stations have generated is re-invested into infrastructural support for the construction of people's livelihood in rural villages and schools. Villagers can freely employ this monetary benefit to means they consider necessary. Additionally, as we implant the H2O Solution in Miaolan, a village of Kamese, team members adapt to the context of local communities to design two modes of water safety education: water knowledge class and a kid's drama show on water environment protection that the kids designed and showcased themselves. This innovative way of public education greatly enhance the water safety awareness of children and villagers, help nurture kids' awareness to drink water safely and protect their water source, and improve the effectiveness of the education process.
6.5 - By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate\r\nAfter the installation of an H2O Solution, our initiative publicizes its solution implementation processes and field research results in case studies reports, such as the H2O Case Study Handbook. This handbook analyzes the best methods and practices used to carry out effective solution design and implementation. It also shares with local social workgroups and potential partners how they can provide resources to help solve water quality issues. Through the publication of this handbook, our initiative is able to encourage more enterprises and social work groups to join our efforts in eradicating water safety issues. They can also learn from best practices in the past to design and carry out more effective solutions. As a result, we have received many technical, equipment, funding and human resources support from private sectors, philanthropic organizations, civil society organizations and university volunteer groups.



Goal 6
6.1 - By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all
6.2 - By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations
6.3 - By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally
6.5 - By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate
6.a - By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies
6.b - Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management
In-kind contribution
Volunteers from enterprises and private sectors that we have partnered with are mobilized to help with the implementation of the H2O Solution.
Basic information
Start: 01 November, 2018
Completion: 12 April, 2021
MyH2O (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
The following partners only include local social workgroups partners, the rest (funding, technical and equipment support) is listed in the section:Yongjia County Water Resources Bureau in Yongjia, Zhejiang Yiren College - the Elderly Association in Hebei Chuxin Social Workers Station in Yunnan Rongshugen Children's Home in Yunnan
Initiative focused on COVID-19 pandemic response, prevention and recovery efforts
Geographical coverage
Asia and Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficiaries
Contact information
Xiaoyuan Ren, Executive Director and Founder, xiaoyuan.ren@myh2o.org, +8613552982735
Beijing, China
United Nations