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Case Study

Teaming with NBA Star Patty Mills to bring water to Indigenous Australian communities

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    Goal

    Patty Mills, NBA player and one of Australia’s leading sportspeople, was determined to bring a renewable supply of clean drinking water to drought-stressed areas of remote Indigenous Australia. Throughout his basketball career, Mills has been dedicated to honoring his Aboriginal culture, and founded The Community Water Project to enable remote communities to overcome water stress.

    Challenge

    Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth. In remote communities, the realities of drought are compounded by the challenge of accessible power and supply infrastructure. The resulting impacts on quality and availability of drinking water disproportionately affect vulnerable Indigenous populations in these communities. Water plays a vital role in the cultural, spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing of Aboriginal Australia.

    SOURCE Project

    With the support of the National Basketball Players Association and Australian Indigenous Basketball, The Community Water Project installed SOURCE Hydropanel arrays in six remote Australian communities. Using only sunlight and air, SOURCE will provide more than 5,000 liters of clean drinking water per month, giving communities access to safe drinking water without the need for power or infrastructure.

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