150,000 people have safe water through affordable filters
12,686 water filters sold
16.7 million liters of water provided
12,356 people have access to safe drinking water
6,090 tonnes of wood not burnt for boiling water
9,999 tons of CO2 avoided in the atmosphere by not boiling water
the issues of water quality
for safe sources & unsafe sources in Ethiopia
are the main reason for mortality and morbidity
OF human beings at every age group.
There are different physic-chemical and bacteriological elements (determinants) for water quality that have detrimental effect for health as a result of which standards are set.
The physic-chemical determinants can result naturally from rock types, human exercise like effluent release/leakage from different sources, agricultural practices with runoff, industrial pollutants and pathogenic contaminants.
The major chemical concerns include; Fluoride, Nitrate, Iron, Manganese, Total Dissolved Solid (TDS), Iodine, Arsenic. Also the other water quality concerns are turbidity, PH and Chlorine residual as well as Microbiological contaminants.
These products are equipped with the Tulip ceramic candle technology which filters up to 7,000 liters of water, enough to supply a family of five for approximately 1 year.
An End-of-Life indicator is included and replacement of the candle is easily done. Consequently, this technology removes the need for frequent (weekly or monthly) intervention. Our products don’t require electricity nor consumables beyond the unit itself.
The plastic used is food grade PP plastic. The candle is made almost completely out of natural materials (diatomaceous earth and activated carbon made out of coconut shells).
These products are complementary point-of-use water filters that help people access safe drinking water at home and outside. They will treat contaminated drinking water and reduce the demand for conventional water treatment through boiling water with non-renewable biomass, leading to reduced CO2 emissions.
To measure the output, outcome and (potential) impact of this pilot, a monitoring system has to accompany it. The main question to be answered is whether HWTS distribution through utilities leads to increased acceptance of HWTS. Further, monitoring will be done on behavior change and health effects. For this matter, a range of frameworks and survey questions are available within the HWTS network, at WHO level. However, for this pilot they will have to be adaptedto this specific situation.