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This is a re-post of an article from 2009. I thought it was important enough to post on the blog here.
“As populations in developing nations increase alongside global pollution and the spread of water-borne illnesses, the need for clean and efficient water filtration has never been more urgent. Recently, the International Water Association (IWA) awarded UNICEF and the Water and Sanitation Program with the 2008 Project Innovation Award Grand Prizefor providing Cambodia with ceramic water filters. These water purification devices are made and distributed by Cambodian nationals, and have resulted in a 50 percent drop in diarrheal illnesses in the region since their implementation in 2002.

Read more at: http://inhabitat.com/ceramic-water-filters-win-iwa-award-for-cambodia/

The video below features 2009 CNN Hero Doc Hendley at a water filter facility in Haiti. The need for clean water continues to be great, as does Filterpure Filters’ need for your support. Please view and pass along to your network.

Thank you Danika Wukich for keeping us informed.

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Our very own project consultant Richard Wukich (Slippery Rock University) was interviewed by CNN during his most recent trip to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. A brief story aired on CNN a few days ago. Although the story incorrectly links him with Potters for Peace his trip was part of a partnership with FilterPure in the Dominican Republic and an initiative to establish a ceramic water filter production facility in Haiti. You can watch the video here:

Here is the description that accompanies the video:

Dr Richard Wukich of Slippery Rock University creates Ceramic Water Filters to save lives. This is a CNN Anderson Cooper story about DR Wukich’s trip to Haiti, Potters For Peace and how he teaches residents of countries with poor drinking water how to make their own water filters…….. The January 12 earthquake in Haiti damaged the already weak infrastructure on the island nation. As a result, thousands of Haitian families were left homeless and forced into tent encampments, without reliable access to food, clean water or sanitation.

In response to the disaster, Dr. Richard Wukich is in Haiti with a simple mission: to bring clean water to Haitians in need. Working with Potters For Peace, an international nonprofit that makes clay water filters, Wukich is distributing these useful clay pots to Haitian families. The pots are inexpensive to make and each pot can purify 2.5 liters of water each hour.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper reports.

March 13th through 21st is our Spring Break and this year we have an opportunity to use the filter making experiences developed within our group to really make a difference for one of our sister organizations (FilterPure) operating out of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.   Lisa Ballantine, who founded and leads FilterPure, has asked for our hands. We contacted and let her know that we would be willing to send a group down to help staff the filter facilities in the Dominican Republic. They have already dramatically increased the number of filters they are producing in response to the earth quake in Haiti and need more trained hands.

Check back for more details as they develop.

Here is a link to view a story that aired on CNN on July 1. Ron Rivera from Potters for Peace shared it with us. The story shows the clay/sawdust/colloidal silver filter used in Guatemala. While the story clearly describes the technology and the advantages of using these filters around the world, the reporter fails to mention the work of Potters for Peace or other projects (like TAMU Water Project) who are also using the technology. The story makes it seem as if this group is the only one doing this work. Further, the reporter suggests that the director of the project in Guatemala “discovered” the filters. Such language echoes colonization and “saviors” at work. Nevertheless, the video helps to spread the word about this affordable technology and may aid in helping more people gain access to potable water. 

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2008/07/01/whitbeck.gg.guatemala.ecofilters.cnn?iref=videosearch

Resource Development International Cambodia (RDIC) is an organization dedicated to helping people in Cambodia.

RDI-Cambodia is a U.S.- Registered, Private, Non-profit, Organization working internationally. We are dedicated to serving the people of Cambodia in dynamic ways. RDI has combined technology, education, and heart in order to help the people of Cambodia. Each project stands independent in its own right, but the entire range of projects form a unique and strong outreach program that works best as a sum of all its parts.”

This site provides excellent information on the technology and process used to produce ceramic water filters similar to the ones we are producing in this project. The site also presents related water and health information.

http://www.rdic.org/waterceramicfiltration.htm

The Ixtatan Foundation is supporting a ceramic water filter project using the same technology that we are using for our project; the clay, sawdust, and colloidal silver filters. (For more on this and other water filter technologies, click here.)

“Engineers from the University of Virginia are conducting an ongoing study of water quality in San Mateo Ixtatán and the water filters produced in the school’s kilns, now being used to purify drinking water in the town’s homes. They will measure the effects of regular access to clean water on the health and productivity of the people of San Mateo Ixtatán. Students are involved in this work as well, learning to take water samples, measure water quality, build filters, and work with community members”

http://www.ixtatan.org/english/waterfilters.php

Half of the world’s poor suffer from waterborne disease, and nearly 6,000 people – mainly children – die each day by consuming unsafe drinking water.

LifeStraw® water purifiers have been developed as a practical way of preventing disease and saving lives, as well as achieving the Millennium Development Goal of reducing by one-half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe water by the year 2015.

http://www.vestergaard-frandsen.com/lifestraw.htm

“Is bottled water safer than the water that comes out of our taps?” This and other important questions are taken up in the Frontline/World www site in a specific section concerned with bottled water. Users can “click on the water bottle to learn more about this $22 billion business, and read what non-governmental organizations, bottled water companies and environmental groups have to say about the fastest-growing beverage industry in the world.” Click on the link below to find out what is in your water bottle.

http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/bolivia/waterbottle.html