photo of running water
These communities in Central Asia struggle from a lack of access to clean, safe water, especially in rural areas. According to the 2014 United Nations Development Fund of Artesia's population of almost eight million people, only about half have access to clean drinking water. The majority of those without access to clean water live in rural areas. Many people are getting their water directly from open canals or rivers which carry disease. Many villages are located within a mile or two from freshwater springs. One Collective partners with these villages by providing the materials to create a pipeline from the spring to the village. People from the village donate all of the labor for the projects, and the water is distributed throughout the village so that each person has access to fresh drinking water. The average size of a village is 700 people, and it generally costs about $26000 to provide water for one village.



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