Wednesday - April 9, 2014

Plant visit - Walk 4 Water

L to R: Kari Duncan, water treatment plant manager; Gary Mittlestaedt, Water Africa, Lake Oswego; Sebastian Kunda, program manager from World Vision Zambia, Africa; Tom Lebo, treatment plant construction manager, Brown and Caldwell

Some very special guests joined Partnership and water treatment plant staff at the water treatment plant in West Linn on Tuesday. Sebastian Kunda, a technical advisor and program manager from World Vision Zambia, Africa, and Gary Mittelstaedt, who is co-hosting Sebastian’s trip to Lake Oswego for the Walk 4 Water event on Saturday, came for a tour.

WaterAfrica is an Oregon based entity that raises funds in support of the WorldVision Zambia Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (ZWASH) programs. We were fortunate to learn about the work that Sebastian and Gary do to help supply clean drinking water to rural Zambian villagers. We showed them our plant under construction and talked about our new treatment process.

Since 2005, Water Africa has raised enough money to provide clean drinking water to 20,000 rural villagers in Zambia.  If you would like to support this worthwhile effort, you can sign up for Walk 4 Water event this Saturday at Foothills Park.  During the walk, the experience of villagers in Zambia is simulated, by walking to the water source, filling buckets with water and returning to the Park.

Sharing their story, Sebastian and Gary made us realize how much we take clean water, delivered to our homes and businesses every day, for granted.