World Water Day focuses on global need for safe source

21 March 2016: Inmarsat is once again backing Planet Water Foundation in a bid to help thousands of people currently living without access to clean drinking water.

On World Water Day, 22 March, the charity aims to build water towers in 24 communities on five continents in just 24 hours.


The Project 24 challenge is designed to focus global attention on the plight of the estimated one billion people forced to drink unsafe water. The charity relies on its website and social media channels to push the message out using video clips, photos and reports throughout the event.

Live broadcast

To show all the action in real time, Planet Water Foundation will use two Cobham SATCOM 710 BGAN HDR terminals supplied by Inmarsat to send data and broadcast live content for an online show from Colombia and Cambodia. BGAN HDR offers a choice of high speed streaming rates and excellent video quality.

Inmarsat and Cobham are sponsoring one tower at the Puerto Giraldo School on Columbia, which will be built at 12:00 local time. Project 24 is also taking place in India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

“Inmarsat is proud to support Planet Water Foundation and its Project 24 initiative,” said Greg Ewert, Inmarsat President, Enterprise.

Unique capabilities

“The unique capabilities and reach of our network and our innovative portfolio of solutions, supported by our partner Cobham SATCOM, will enable this project to be shared with the rest of the world.

“We hope this footage will help raise awareness of the work Planet Water Foundation is doing in remote communities to provide safe and clean water, which most of us take for granted.”

Last year Inmarsat helped Planet Water Foundation tell the story of its amazing achievement in erecting water towers for 24,000 people in 24 Cambodian communities in 24 hours.

The foundation wants to bring an end to an intolerable situation where the basic lack of clean drinking water means that 4,000 children die every day from water-related illnesses and 50 per cent of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people suffering from preventable water-borne diseases.