The commercial banking team from RBC’s 32nd Avenue N.E. branch in Calgary celebrated RBC Blue Water Day on June 12 by building a biosand filter with CAWST, the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology.
The eight member RBC team chose the project as their way of engaging with solutions to providing safe, sustainable drinking water in some of the world’s poorest regions - all part of RBC’s global Blue Water Day celebrations.
Jan Taszlikowicz, account manager with RBC Commercial Financial Services, organized the team to take part in the biosand filter construction.
“Constructing a biosand filter enabled us to increase our awareness about the importance of clean water, the resources available to create change and how we can be positive advocates for organizations like CAWST,” she said.
CAWST staff who had recently returned from overseas led the RBC team through the construction of a biosand filter.“We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to have a hands-on experience as to what it would be like to construct a biosand filter in the field.”
“Seeing members of our community in Calgary engage in local and global water issues is always encouraging,” said Tal Woolsey, a CAWST international technical advisor who spends much of the year training water and sanitation trainers and implementers in Zambia and Ethiopia and who helped guide the RBC employees through the exercise.