Clean Drinking Water

Wassertank Uganda

Clean Drinking Water Oruchinga Valley, Uganda. Particularly in East Africa, up to 40 % of the children under 4 years of age, die because drinking water is unavailable or unclean. If present, the drinking water is often taken from rivers, lakes, or water holes that are also used by animals. So the water is germ-infested and causes diarrhea, cholera as well as, other infections. This problem can be solved by boiling the water. If everyone would follow this practice, then they will soon run out of wood and other fuel. Even drilling for wells has serious disadvantages, because the soil in Africa is often clay, the groundwater basin may recharge at a lower rate than the volume of water being extracted. This often leads to the drying up of wells and new and deeper wells have to be drilled.

The association "Water for People e. V." takes a different and sustainable approach. Surface water or rainwater collected in cisterns can be clarified and sterilized with relative simple ceramic filters and without boiling the water. With one filter that can be used for approximately one year, 10 to 20 liters of surface water or contaminated cisterns can be made drinkable per day.

In order to bake the clay filters, only 5 % of the wood or fuel is required as when compared to the boiling of the unfiltered water. Using this filter concept compared to that of wells has also the advantage of teaching the population to be conscious of the handling of water. Since the filter production can take place on-site, it also creates much-needed jobs. The THOMAS ENGEL-Foundation started this project in the Oruchinga Valley in Uganda in 2011 with a onetime help of € 8.000. Now they have already successfully produced the first filters. With the support of "Water for People e. V. " we now have the option to apply this technology in Swaziland.