Clean Water for Millions

We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.
— Jacques Cousteau

Water is our life source. It's the foundation for life and the reason we can survive on this planet. It's easy to forget how valuable this clear liquid is, and in some parts of the world our water is not so clear. A friend and incredibly talented  Louis Lenard, formulator behind the Chinese Tonic Herbs The Sleeping Monks, is an avid surfer and is currently fundraising to bring incredibly effective Waves for Water filters to those in need. Providing your brothers & sisters a clean glass of water might be one of the most sacred gifts you can ever give and in this case, very easy to provide.  

Q+A with Louis Lenard from Sleeping Monks


Q: What is Waves for Water Filters

A: Waves for Water is a Non-Profit organization that has developed 3 versions of a simple, effective and easy to use water filtration system that basically connects to a bucket, faucet or water bag. These filters remove 99.99999% of a whole host of bacteria and toxins from water that cause waterborne diseases like Cholera, Botulism, Typhoid, Amoebic Dysentery, E. coli, Coliform, Streptococcus and Salmonella. Each filter costs only $50 and will provide clean, disease-free water for 100 people for 5 years! :)

Q: Why did you decide to to this?

A: Well, I was truly shocked when I saw the current statistics that show that over 1 billion people worldwide don’t have access to clean water and more than 4 million people, (mostly children) are still dying every year due to waterborne illness. That’s just crazy and totally preventable. Growing up a surfer, I was exposed to Waves for Water through the surfing community, as they’re run by mostly surfers. They’re doing great work with such a simple and easy solution, which, for me, makes it a no-brainer way to give back and be of service. 

Q: What does clean water mean to you?

A: I can’t even begin to imagine life without it. It is an extremely vital primary component in nearly all metabolic functions of the human body. Although by default, I have, like many of us here in the West, taken its seemingly unlimited bounty for granted, but this particular cause has awakened me to new, unspeakable levels of gratitude. Everyone on Earth deserves the gift of clean water. I love the way great water makes me feel and wish the same happiness for all. 

Q: What is your goal with this project?

A: My goal is to run a marathon to raise awareness and resources for this great cause. Being healthy, active and of service are values that I, and my company Sleeping Monk, stand for. 

Q: How can we support you?

A: You are helping immensely by sharing this piece with your networks, so thank you! Beyond that, please go to to donate to the fundraiser directly. All donations of $25 or more will also enter you for your chance to win a Fender guitar, signed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, woohoo! You can also send me good thoughts during the Detroit Marathon, Oct. 18th so I finish in 1 piece! You can also learn more about Waves for Water at