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Bakersfield's LOVE WATER making a global impact on the water crisis

Posted: 9:03 PM, Mar 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-22 00:05:19-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — March 22nd is World Water Day. A day to advocate bringing sustainable clean water to billions of people around the world still living without nature's most valuable resource.

LOVE WATER is a local non-profit making a global impact in the global crisis.

Founder and President Jake Sherley took a trip to Zambia, Africa in 2010 that changed his life forever. The Kern County Fire Department captain saw an opportunity to make a difference through providing sustainable water systems called bio sand filters to communities in need. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are an estimated 2.5 billion people who lack access to clean water sources. That's more than 35% of the worlds population.

In nine years Love Water has provided 63,000 people in parts of Africa and South America with clean water. The organization is primarily run through passionate volunteers both local and abroad. Each bio sand system costs around $4000 dollars depending on the location.

To get involved or donate check out their website LOVEWATER.ORG. They will also be doing a social media blitz called the "Dirty Bottle Challenge" to bring awareness to Kern County. The challenge is to carry a bottle of dirty water around all day as a reminder of those without clean water conditions. Post a picture on INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK tagging @LOVEWATERORG and use the #DIRTYBOTTLE. Every time you post, you'll be entered into a give-a-way for LOVE WATER prizes.

Friday, March 22, 2019 Cross Fit TOB on Patton Way will be raising funds for LOVE WATER.