Replenish The Planet

Teaching Students to be Water Ambassadors

Miya believes that community involvement is an integral aspect of a successful water efficiency program. In the Bahamas in 2013, Miya donated a pilot water awareness and educational program for 5th graders at the Oakes Field Primary School as part of its 10-year partnership with the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC). Students learned about the history of water, conservation techniques, how to conduct a water audit, the water cycle and other water-related topics throughout the school year, which ended with a competition to creatively share what they had learned. The program result in decreased school water consumption by 20%, improved communication between WSC and the community it serves and sets an example for the entire region on the importance of water resources management and community awareness.

Focus on Environmental Sustainability

Miya’s overall vision to better utilize our existing water resources to ensure the supply for cities in the future, which will likely be much bigger and more crowded than today, is it’s essential step towards improving the environment. Saving water and reducing urban water losses saves significant amounts of energy, reducing the amount of water that requires treatment. Miya also strives to be environmentally friendly from the inside out. This starts with environmentally conscious offices, adhering to the highest “green” standards such as utilizing natural light, solar panels for heating, recycled-paper supplies and, of course, encouraging employees to be “paperless” as much as possible.

In one project in South Africa involving an advanced pressure management installation, for example, 14,000 MWh of energy were saved each year, the equivalent of 12,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. In its project in Manila, Philippines, over 700 million liters per day of water were saved, enough water to fill more than 25 Olympic-sized swimming pools. In the Bahamas, within nine months of starting a decade-long project with Miya, pressure management had regulated the system to the extent that two major desalination plants could cut back on their supply, saving significant energy as well.