Starbucks to Provide a Community-Based Water Filtration System in Lombok on World Water Day

World Water DayWorld Water DayStarbucks Indonesia with Planet Water Foundation help remote villages, Kuangwai in East Lombok to celebrate World Water Day.

In conjunction with World Water Day, Starbucks join forces with Planet Water Foundation for Project 24 at SD Negeri 2, Gelanggang, Kuang Wai, East Lombok on March 22nd, 2018.

In conjunction with World Water Day – Nature for Water, Starbucks partners (employees) join forces with Planet Water Foundation on March 22nd, 2018 for Project 24 at SD Negeri 2, Gelanggang, Kuang Wai, East Lombok. This project is purposed to create access to get clean drinking water by deploying AquaTower water ¬filtration solution.

The AquaTower supports the daily drinking water requirements of up to 1,000 people per day. Project 24 is a World Water Day event that raises awareness of the global water crisis by mobilizing leading companies and citizens to deliver clean, safe water and hygiene education programs in 24 communities across five geographies in 24 hours.

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World Water DayWorld Water DayStarbucks and Planet Water Foundation have partnered since 2011 and have provided 10 communities across Indonesia in Bekasi, Tangerang, Surabaya, Sumatera, Bali, to Lombok.

On the island of Lombok, industrialization and pollution has rendered well water unsafe to drink in remote villages such as Kuangwai ¬– this year’s Project 24 recipient community sponsored by Starbucks. Students often experience skin diseases and respiratory disorders caused by drinking contaminated water at the primary school well ¬– where the AquaTower will be located.

“Numerous Starbucks Partners have volunteered on our projects. Their engagement with students and teachers in schools has made a meaningful, long-term impact in the recipient communities over the last seven years.”

- Mark Steele, Founder and CEO, Planet Water Foundation.

“Starbucks and Planet Water Foundation have partnered since 2011 and have provided 10 communities across Indonesia in Bekasi, Tangerang, Surabaya, Sumatera, Bali, to Lombok supporting the needs of safe drinking water to more than 10,000 people per day by installing community-based AquaTowers water filtration systems. IDR 1,000 is donated to Planet Water Foundation for every mineral water bottle sold in Starbucks to built AquaTowers in community need of clean water. This is a continuous program together with Planet Water’s programs and in alignment with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals,” said Andrea Siahaan, Senior General Manager Public Relation and Communication, Starbucks Indonesia.

Planet Water also provides training for local communities to maintain the systems and includes five years of post-project sustainability support, water quality monitoring, and on-going hygiene education program support for every beneficiary community. “Starbucks has been an important supporter of our Project 24 World Water Day alliance with projects in Indonesia,” said Mark Steele, Founder and CEO of Planet Water Foundation. “Numerous Starbucks Partners have volunteered on our projects. Their engagement with students and teachers in schools has made a meaningful, long-term impact in the recipient communities over the last seven years.”

Starbucks Indonesia recognizes its responsibility to leverage its scale for good. Activities such as Project 24 provide an opportunity for Starbucks partners (employees), customers and community members to come together and demonstrate how companies like Starbucks can make a local impact.