How clean is the water we are drinking? Is bottled water really any better for us than tap water? How can I be sure that the water I am drinking and using in my home is safe? If it's not safe, what can I do to fix it?
These are some of the questions that Dr. Moe Mukiibi is asking for us. As a globally recognized Water Exert and Tech Innovator, Mukiibi has been all over the world trying to solve our water problems and wants to empower the average person by helping them understand what is in their own water. “We gotta do better, we gotta educate the people,” he proclaims.
Dr. Mukiibi grew up in Uganda walking miles with his mother every day carrying water back to their village. They did not have many sources of water, so the only option was to walk to the closest source, and bring it back to their home. When I asked Mukiibi what motivated him to go into the water field, he replied, "I [went] into the water area to find a solution…I was so determined that I was going to help my mother out to find water…I remember that vision very well when I was 5 years old.”
Since then, he received a PhD in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and has worked around the world with various water technology companies. He now resides in Milwaukee working as the Executive Chief Technology Officer with Stonehouse Water Technologies at the Global Water Council. But for Dr. Mukiibi, that is not enough. He has 9 patents out for water technologies that he invented, including a machine that can convert air into water. Don't believe me? Ask him yourself.
As part of his "Wise Up on Your Water" initiative, Mukiibi also wants to start a water co-op in Milwaukee for the average person like you and me because most of us don't really know what is in the water that comes from our tap, bottled water or wells. Mukiibi points out that he has seen a lot of people looking for solutions but they don’t know how to decide which is right. For instance, people use waters filters at home, but often choose a filter based on advertising, personal bias or simply guessing. “I want to change that. I want to empower and educate the people. I want to give them the tools.”
If people joined this co-op, he would teach them how to read the water report they receive in the mail every year, teach them how to test their own water and help them find a filtration system that matches their water supply quality and lifestyle. Dr. Mukiibi's idea is to first educate this group of people. Then once educated, these people can take this information and educate others, make money off their ideas or simply be safe in their own homes if that is what they desire.
Dr. Moe Mukiibi is a strong believer that knowledge is power. He explains to me that we need to be informed and "together that is how we are going to make a difference in the world.”