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100 Water Heroes: Patrick and Elizabeth Shores

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Co-Founders of Untapped Shores International

Today’s #100WaterHeroes are couple Patrick and Elizabeth Shores, Co-Founders of non-profit organisation Untapped Shores International. They decided to launch this initiative after becoming aware of the global water crisis and its heavy impact on women and children in the developing world. Using innovative technological solutions, Untapped Shores brings inexpensive, clean water to people in developing countries.

Untapped Shores strives to solve the global water crisis, and empower women and children in the developing world by introducing hydroponic farming and water sanitation technologies into their lives. One of the organisation’s core pieces of technology, Pure Shores CPS, is a small hand-held device that “is deployed as a ‘water business in a box’ with third-world entrepreneurs and can create clean water for up to 2,000 people per day.” Reflecting on this innovation, Patrick stated:

“We don't just give them the solution and walk away, we teach them how to use this to create a water business, so that we're maximising our donors' dollars because we can honestly say that when we start a project, we solve that water crisis forever. We teach them how to make money to keep that project going."

Patrick and Elizabeth are today’s #100WaterHeroes for their commitment to positively disrupting the global water crisis through the empowerment of women and children in the developing world.

Patrick Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/patrick-shores-b805ba3

Patrick Instagram: @im.patrickshores

Elizabeth Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/elizabethshores

Elizabeth Twitter: @Eliz_Shores

100 Water Heroes: Alex Mung

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Director, Head of Water Initiative at World Economic Forum

Alex Munn is the Head of Water Initiative at the World Economic Forum (WEF), where he raises awareness of the global water crisis and encourages public-private cooperation in this sphere.

WEF is a renowned non-profit organisation that “engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”

Prior to joining WEF as a Project Manager in 2008, Alex worked as an Environmental Engineer for Alcan, an environmentally conscious aluminium company in Canada. Alex career in sustainable development began at Queen’s University, where he obtained a degree in Civil Environmental Engineering.

Alex is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his contributions to the World Economic Forum’s Water Initiatives, and for his dedication to sustainable development.

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/alex-mung-8360a32

100 Water Heroes: Scott Harrison

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Founder and CEO of charity: water

Scott Harrison is the Founder and CEO of charity: water, an NPO that works towards providing clean, safe water to people in need. Working in developing nations, charity: water raises money to build wells and sanitation facilities in 26 countries throughout the world.

Prior to launching charity: water, Scott spent 2 years as a photojournalist for Mercy Ships and became aware of critical WASH issues in Liberia. Scott witnessed the devastation of having little to no access to clean water, and decided to dedicate his life and career to solving the global water crisis. This led to the creation of charity: water, where Scott assembled a small team that worked out of a cramped Manhattan apartment.

Today, charity: water is a highly successful NPO, with over 1 million international supporters. They have raised more than $320 million that has funded almost 30 000 water projects throughout the world. In recognition of his work, Scott was named in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list, as well as the Forbes Magazine Impact 30 list. He is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Scott is one of our #100WaterHeroes for his work with charity: water, and for his commitment to providing people around the world with safe, clean water.

Twitter: @scottharrison

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/scottharrison1

Instagram: @scottharrison

100 Water Heroes: Elodie Brelot & Bernard Chocat

Director of GRAIE & Founder and Honourary President of GRAIE

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Today’s #100WaterHeroes are GRAIE’s Director, Elodie Brelot, and their Founder and Honourary President, Bernard Chocat. GRAIE is a French NPO, who describe themselves as “a group of research, technical coordination and water information that has been mobilising and bringing together stakeholders in the fields of water management, aquatic environments and urban planning.”

GRAIE’s four key themes include:

Urban Water // Water and Public Health // Aquatic Environments // Urban Drainage

Under Elodie’s leadership, GRAIE was particularly influential in their endorsement of the IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities, “which encourage collaborative action, underpinned by a shared vision, so that local governments, urban professionals, and individuals actively engage in addressing and finding solutions for managing all waters of the city.”

Following completion of a thesis in Urban Hydrology, Elodie became Director of GRAIE in 1994, where she works towards connecting both scientists and professionals in the water management sector.

by Kelvin Trautman

by Kelvin Trautman

Our second #100WaterHero for today is Bernard Chocat who, in addition to being founder and honourary president of GRAIE, is also a skilled professor at Lyon’s National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), and specialises in urban water. It was an honour to have Bernard run with me along some of the Beaujolais marathon route, and to hear him speak about some of the region’s water management issues.

Elodie Brelot and Bernard Chocat are today’s #100WaterHeroes because of their work with GRAIE, and their commitment to connecting scientists and professionals in the water management sector.

Twitter: @ asso_graie

Elodie Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/elodie-brelot-17728320

GRAIE Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/graie

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Lyon, France