SWISH Safe Water

Providing safe drinking water for remote Indigenous communities.

About

As Austalians, we turn on a tap and take our "safe water" for granted. Some of our First Australians living in remote, outback settlements, do not have this basic right.

Most remote indigenous communities rely on bore water as their main source of water. Many of these ground water bores are toxic, laden with poisonous compounds, elements and heavy metals that affect the individuals physical and mental health and wellbeing.

As stated by the World Health Organisation, elements as selenium, arsenic, aluminium and chloride consumed in the water, can lead to depression, brain damage, dementia, kidney failure, violent behaviour, hypertension, headaches, lung failure, vascular disease and cardiac abnormalities.

These elements and heavy metals are in many of the ground water bores in remote settlements.

The Closing the Gap Report by the Government 2017 reveals a very large gap in Australia between Indigenous and Non indigenous people. Since 2008 the health gap has not improved for Child Mortality, Life Expectancy, Chronic Diseases and Suicide. eg.Suicide rates are double those of Non Indigenous Australians. Also there are 700 Indigenous people on dialysis machines in Alice Springs

SWISH - (Safe Water for Indigenous Sustainable Homelands) provides HOPE for the health and wellbeing of these remote communities. Reliable solar and wind powered technology for purifying water IS available; it has a low carbon footprint and is sustainable.

SWISH empowers communities by training and employing local indigineous workforce to assemble, install and maintain their own solar powered water treatment plants. This plant purifies bore water to Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Community leaders are committed to the safe and secure operation of all water purification and solar powered plants.

In partnership with SWISH, Monash University is assembling a multi disciplinary team to measure improvements in social, emotional, cultural, health and wellbeing of the individual and the community in the remote settlements once they have reliable access to safe drinking water.

Our Projects

Legal advice needed to ensure Indigenous access to clean water

SWISH Safe Water

Legalities between SWISH (not for profit charity) and MEMFLOW (environmental company) that has patented IP in solar and wind powered technology and commitment to aboriginal training and employment.

15 hours over 4 weeks
Apply by 26 Sep, 2019