A water filter helps to reduce many water-borne sicknesses that afflict families in poor Cambodian communities and can significantly improve a child's ability to regularly attend school and receive vital education for a better future …
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Using the Water Filters
We explain to each family how the water filters work and teach them how to assemble and maintain them. Each evening the families fill the ceramic reservoir with water. The water seeps through the pot during the night, cleaning out all the microbes and impurities from the water so that it is clean and ready for drinking first thing in the morning. The ceramic reservoir can be refilled in the morning and as necessary through the day, ensuring that families have clean water available for consumption throughout the day.
The Water Filters
The water filters we have chosen are simple to put together, have no moving parts, and will last many years with some simple cleaning at regular intervals. According to the supplier’s website (Hydrologic), its ceramic pot-style filters are based on proven ceramic water purifier systems and have the advantage of being relatively inexpensive, chemical free, low-maintenance, portable, effective and easy to use.
The filters remove microorganisms from water by gravity filtration through porous ceramics, with typical flow rates of 2-3 litres per hour. Hydrologic refers to research that indicates the filters’ significantly improve household water quality, eliminating up to 99.99% of Ecoli. It also notes that a UNICEF study found that households with this type of filtration system reported only half as many cases of diarrhea as matched control households without a filter.
Families in rural Cambodian villages do not have access to clean, running water like we do in Australia. Neither do they have access to a centrally treated water supply. Instead families must collect water from local waterways, drains, lakes and ponds or hand-pump it from wells and store it in big jars outside their homes.
The water from these sources is dirty, contaminated and considered unsafe for drinking. Villagers are told to boil the water to kill any bacteria before using it. However, rural villages are extremely poor and many families simply cannot afford to buy extra charcoal in order to do so.
It is not surprising then, that fevers, stomach upsets and other potentially life-threatening waterborne illnesses are a common occurrence around villages, particularly in children and the elderly. In working with our communities, we have found that one of the main reasons children frequently miss school is because of illnesses relating to unsafe water consumption. This led us to search for ways of helping families to have a ready source of safe drinking water to reduce the risk.