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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Water Wednesday: Dung-fired ceramic water filters save lives

Abundant Water saves lives by teaching people to make their own water filters with materials at hand. Watch this.

A handful of clay, yesterday’s coffee grounds and some cow manure [sic] the ingredients that could bring clean, safe drinking water to much of the third world.
The Australian National University in
New filter promises clean water for millions (pdf)

The filters can clean a liter of water of dangerous pathogens in two hours, so a family will need several to provide a day's water, but they can make the filters themselves, as many as they need.

Unicef has a similar program to provide larger clay filter systems. Theirs are manufactured in a factory setting and must be distributed.

One way and another, clay filters are saving millions of lives. What's your #WaterWednesday story?

Gratitude to Radiance, who introduced me to the work of Abundant Water.

We make peace in a million small ways every day.

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copyright L. Kathryn Grace. All rights reserved.


Hayden said...

This is cool - esp. the ones they can make themselves. distribution of anything is always chancy, and money an issue. good stuff.

Kathryn Grace said...

Hayden, I agree. Whenever a population is able to help itself with the materials at hand, rather than depending on far-away people and government for charity, everyone wins.

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