Distributing Water Filters at Dan Ruen Village

Distributing Water Filters at Dan Ruen Village

This week continued with more lessons on HIV/AIDS, microfinancing, and rice banking. The week ended with the distribution of water filters in Dan Ruen (20km outside of Siem Reap) where water quality was poor and many fall ill due to bacteria in their water sources. Sixty selected families were chosen to receive water filters based on their annual income and ability to access specific resources. In the picture below, Sorn is demostrating how to assemble the water filter.

Here, Sorn demonstrates how to easily assemble the water filter and discusses how to take care for the filters.

Here, Sorn demonstrates how to easily assemble the water filter and discusses how to take care for the filters.

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The clay pot is porous and acts as the filter that removes bacteria. It is placed into the top part of the clear plastic container where a nozzle has been attached. Villagers receive all parts of the filter, including a special brush to clean the inside of the clay pot where bacteria may build up. Once the water stops dripping from the filters, its time to get a replacement.

The filters are $8 each and last for at least 2 years, or more if taken care of properly. The water filters are so effective that the number of people falling ill because of water-related illnesses have been reduced dramatically.

When distributing the filters, each person, (a representative from each family) is carefully called up and fingerprinted before they are allowed to take home a water filter to ensure that the right people are receiving filters and that there is no overlap within family members.

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