PLANET WATER FOUNDATION
TODAY WE FOCUS OUR ATTENTION ON THE IMPORTANCE OF NATURE’S MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE AROUND THE WORLD; WATER.
That’s why we partner with Planet Water Foundation – a U.S. non-profit that helps combat our global water crisis by bringing clean water to the world’s most disadvantaged communities.
Since our partnership began in 2016, we have supported the construction of 26 Planet Water AquaTower community water filtration solutions, bringing access to clean, safe drinking water to up to 46,800 people.
Each AquaTower produces 1,000 liters of clean, safe drinking water per hour, enough to support the drinking water requirements of up to 1,800 people. Each and every project is deployed with volunteers from Columbia Sportswear and our partners, including the construction of the towers, and the facilitation of Planet Water’s comprehensive water health and hygiene education program, to help drive long-term awareness of healthy hygiene habits.
Our partnership has seen projects deployed across 5 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam, many of which have been built together with our manufacturing partners.
A sustainable planet starts with clean water.
Across the world, one in four people lacks access to a safely managed drinking water service.
The recipient communities are then involved throughout the process to ensure buy-in and participation in the initiative. In addition, following the deployment of each system, the Planet Water team trains a group of custodial staff and teachers from each school on the simple cleaning and maintenance processes to ensure the projects are sustainable over time. And the Planet Water team returns back to each site regularly over four years to complete follow-up visits and reinforce training where needed.
In partnership with Planet Water, Columbia has supported the construction of 26 AquaTower projects across 5 countries.
Planet Water’s approach was found to decrease diarrhea rates by 80% in participating communities while also having significant improvements in knowledge and behavior related to water-health and hygiene topics.
 United Nations Water – Progress on Drinking Water 2020 update