Ethiopia school water filters for burayu
Title : School water filters for Burayu
No. of people reached: 6000
Total budget: 12.680 Euros
Sponsoring organizations: Aqua for All & Waterbedrijf Groningen
Organization in Ethiopia: GACD
Organization in NL: ARRAKIS
Period: 1 year 2011 – 2012
Ethiopia ranks 3rd out of 182 poor countries on the UN Development Index. Of the 81 million people, over 70% live in rural areas where the majority does not have access to a safe water source. Where water quality is a problem, Household Water Treatment and Safe storage (HWTS) is a solution which now is strongly promoted by the WHO. In Ethiopia, UNICEF and other organizations use Aquatabs (Chlorine tablets). In shops in Addis and other cities candle filters from India or UK (Brita) are for sale, starting at USD 30 per filter. Of the different HWTS options, filters are often preferred since they do not use chemicals and eliminate both turbidity and bacteria.
For this project the so called Tulip siphon filter is selected because of its small size, high filter capacity and low cost, ca 11 Euro retail price.* Field tests and tests of the Dutch Water Laboratory Noord indicate that this filter produces 50 – 80 l/day good quality drinking water (eliminating turbidity and 99.99% of all harmful bacteria) The filter element has a long life, 3000-7000 liters, because of the backwash cleaning system and it can be easily replaced. A water conference attended by the Ministry and several large NGOs in Ethiopia recognized the siphon filter as a preferred option. In other countries this filter model now is being used by organizations as OXFAM, Tearfund and UNICEF.One of the states with mayor water quality problems is Oromia where the organization GACD (Global Action for Community Development) is active in areas Burayu, Akaki, Dukem , Gimbich, and Illu-Galan. In many schools children take water from rivers, unprotected springs which are often polluted.
This project seeks to provide safe drinking water to schools in Burayu and 2 other areas where water problems are most urgent. Teachers and children will be trained in the use and maintenance of these filters and a commercial supply chain guarantees the supply of spare parts.
To improve health and reduce waterborne diseases of school children by means of the dissemination of effective water filters.
- 6000 school children and /or people in the targeted areas have safe drinking water and will be informed on the importance of hygiene.
- 80% of the school teachers of schools using the water filters have knowledge on how to use and maintain the filter.
- Children that are taught to use Siphon filters in school are expected to bring home the message of the importance of hygiene and safe drinking water. Children may urge parents to purchase a water filter to treat the water at the Household level.
- 200 families, parents of children in villages where schoolchildren are living, have bought a filter stimulated by their children.
- The purchase of filters supports a commercial and sustainable supply chain of filters and replacement parts
- In villages where the schools are there is one or more selling points, (for instance a local shop) which sell filters and spares to the school and public in general. In this way schools and families can buy new parts during the project and after the project has stopped. These local sales points will be supplied by the filter importer in Ethiopia.
- At the end of the program, a final report of the results, including ‘lessons learned about increasing demand for water filters through filters in schools”
- A plan on options for continuation and accelerating this development
1st PROGRESS REPORT OF AKAKI WATER FILTER PROJECT, GACD February 1, 2012
Photo's of the Kuriyo primary school
End report : Final Report