Friday, May 20, 2011

Anatomy of a Water Filter

In an email from Steve Rutledge, president of Adopt a Village in Laos, on March 9, he had estimated that he would need at least 500 water filters. On May 14, when he and Mike Yap, the other half of the organization, attended my 'To Laos with Love' presentation, Steve informed me that that original estimate had doubled. In other words, at least 1,000 water filters will be needed for the 2011-2012 season.

Manufactured in Chamapasak province, Laos, these gravity-fed water purification filters are effective, easy to use, portable, lightweight, inexpensive, long lasting, chemical free and durable solutions to providing clean drinking water, which we in the West take for granted. At $55.00 Canadian per unit, this is a small price to pay for a healthier life.

The illustration above reveals the ceramic filter suspended within its plastic housing. The filter's extremely small pores are highly effective at removing bacteria, protozoa, helminths, turbidity and other suspended solids. When properly used, up to 99.99% of bacteria is reduced.

Before each hill tribe family can receive a water filter, one member from each family must take a hygiene course to learn how to maintain the unit properly.

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