FREE, FRESH, FILTERED WATER FOR THE HOMELESS
“…more homeless people die of dehydration in the summer than of cold exposure in the winter.”
“The Most Lethal Weather for the Homeless? Not cold” Huffington Post, 2013
In response to the shocking news of the “unprecedented surge” of the homeless count in the City of Vancouver, Qwick Media joined effort with the City of Vancouver and installed a water refill system in Carnegie Centre, the most vulnerable area of Vancouver Downtown Eastside. Installed in June 2017, this unit serves the homeless’ hydration needs during hot summers by providing refills of free, fresh, filtered cool water.
Shockingly large number of people in Metro Vancouver is struggling with poverty and is on the edge of becoming homeless.
- More than 60,000 households in the area spend more than 50% of income on shelter
- More than 100,000 people used Food Bank services in BC in 2016
- Almost 13% of Metro Vancouver population were low income in 2014
- More than 64 thousand people in Metro Vancouver received income assistance in 2016
Homelessness in Metro Vancouver has been growing during the last 15 years and has reached crises in 2017.
Help lives of most vulnerable people, improve conditions on the streets, save the environment, decrease impact on emergency services, and make Vancouver a safer caring place.
Downtown Vancouver East side hosts city’s most vulnerable people living with substance abuse and health issues, who don’t have easy access to buildings and can’t afford to buy water and thus are deprived from one of the life’s basic necessities. This creates a serious problem of dehydration and overheating in the summer.
Qwick Media donated a water refill station that was installed in Carnegie Centre in Downtown Eastside, Vancouver.
The water filtration station provides a sustainable alternative of free refills of naturally filtered water running on less electricity than a light bulb.
The Qwick Media’s water filtration system is not just a source of water, but also a powerful communication tool. Its’ 32-inch digital signage displays vital information and alerts for the community.
The displayed content is updated instantly and enables the community services to deliver vital messages about missing people, predator alerts, helpline number, shelter, and bad street drug identity.
In addition, Qwick Media has provided 500 printed aluminum bottles for residents.
COMMUNITY ON BOARD
A local school embraced the initiative. Elementary school students participated in designing the outside of the water filtration station. Now the children are making the city a better place by promoting peace and friendship in their art on the streets of Vancouver.
With the Qwick Media water filtration station, we now are able to prevent heat strokes and lethal dehydration, especially during the summer months.
Prevent spread of communicable deceases
The water station design prevents misuse and spread of communicable decease when used by multiple people. This is especially vital in areas populated by the homeless.
Free up emergency services
Decreasing incidents of dehydration and heat strokes among the homeless diminishes emergency services workload and contributes to the better service for all residents of the city.
Save the environment
In comparison to bottled water distribution projects, Qwick Media water filtration station allows multiple refills of reusable containers, reduces plastic waste, thus saves the environment.
- Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth 4 times
- For every 6 bottles of water we use, 1 makes it to recycling
- The production of 29 billion bottles a year in the U.S. takes 17 million barrels of oil
A water bottle takes 1000 years to biodegrade