Clean Water in Cambodia: Innovative BioSand Filters.
Last week, a charity: water team in Cambodia got to know a little more about a program they helped fund last year. In 2009, charity: water teamed up with Samaritan's Purse Canada and Hagar Cambodia in order to fund the providing of 1,900 greatly needed BioSand filters.
In a country vastly deprived of access to clean water, nearly 12,000 natives of rural Cambodia have been blessed with the simple luxury of unsoiled water. Before this, though abundant, drinking water was brown, filthy, and unsanitary. It often caused disease and even death due to water-borne illnesses.
The recently installed BioSand Filters are fairly new advancements in the clean water field. A household item (for families up to 10), the BioSand Filter (BSF) is a relatively hefty creation, weighing in at just 175 pounds. A personal project, families contribute $4 a piece to obtain one BSF, then contribute to its construction.
Residents with the BioSand Filters pour dirty water into the heavy concrete box, where the dirty water is then cleansed. This is accomplished by an assortment of rock and sand, along with a biological blanket of good bacteria that chews away at 99% of the pollutants held by the brown slush.
It costs charity: water a mere $60 to fund one of these filters, and the accomplished non-profit hopes to provide at least 5,000 Cambodian families with one of these by the end of the year. By the end of February, one should be able to individually sponsor the funding of a BSF in Cambodia.
Meanwhile, you can donate here to fund other water projects, like wells, in other developing countries around the world.
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