our goal: To ease the hardships of collecting, transporting, and storing water for those who have to walk to it.
How? We’ve created the WaterWay, a fully functioning, durable water backpack that holds up to 20L of water and includes a membrane-filtration tap. The pack is directed towards populations who have limited water accessibility and/or who rely on single-use plastics to carry large quantities of water over long distances.
With a screw cap at the top of the container and a flexible top half, users can easily fill up the Waterway depending on the height of the tap or spout.
Unlike the traditional jerrycan, which is heavy and awkward to carry, the Waterway is worn on one’s back with weight-distributing straps to allow for ease, comfort, and free hands on longer water-collection journeys.
Thought of as an “ergonomic” water tank, the Waterway holds up to 20L, thus minimizing the number of trips a user has to take back and forth to the tap or well. With a hanging strap and a solid bottom, it can be stored on or off the ground.
With an easy to use tap, the Waterway allows for hands-free dispensing, which makes washing hands, doing dishes, or filling a cups of water far easier than having to pour like a traditional jerry can.
844 million people lack access to in-home water service.
1/3 of them have to walk over 30 minutes to the closest source.
how we got here
Seven months ago we began researching the journeys and hardships of refugees and we saw a trend that had to do with water. Water scarcity, water contamination, lack of water storage options, long journeys to collect water. We read about refugees who had to wait in line for hours at a time to collect just a few liters, and about camps where latrine overflows were contaminating drinking water sources during rainy seasons. We talked to refugees who’s wells flowed just 2 to 3 hours a day due to rations who had to collect 40 liters at a time. We saw how difficult it was—especially for women and children—to carry the traditional jerry can, which can weigh between 10 to 20 kilos when full. Then, we visited various refugee camps in Lesvos, Greece and we witnessed thousands of single use plastic bottles being brought into the camps each week for drinking water and then getting tossed.
We knew that while we could never create something that solved every need, but we felt that there had to be some sort of solution—an improved jerryca—that could relieve the hardship of transporting, storing and disinfecting water. And that’s how WaterWay was born.