Providing safe, clean drinking water
Want a drink of good clean water? How far do you have to go to get one? The refrigerator, water cooler in your office, drinking fountain at school, convenience market, grocery store or even your garden hose. Clean drinking water is something we have plenty of it here in this country. Worst case, even if you didn’t have clean water or something happened to your local water filtration plant, you could boil some water on your gas or electric stove.
For the people who live in the villages near Antigua, this isn’t possible. Fortunately, they do have a good supply of water, it’s just not drinkable without boiling it first.
For these families, when they boil their water to drink, they do so on wood burning stoves in their homes that are not that well ventilated. This creates a new problem in addition to no clean drinking water, the air in their homes becomes smoky which leads to all kinds of respiratory issues.
To help solve this problem, the Pantano Rotary Club is working with the Antigua Rotary Club in Guatemala to provide Ecofilters for the families, schools, health clinics, village offices and public gathering sites. Each filter costs only $35.
The Ecofilter unit consists of a 20-liter, refillable, hard plastic water container with a water filter. The filter needs to be replaced every two years at a cost of $15.
To receive an Ecofilter, each family and community group must agree to participate in training about filter use and maintenance as well as hygiene and sanitation practices. Each family must also agree to contribute 5 quezales or 65 cents per month to the Ecofilter fund for the purchase of a new filter.
These filters will be life changing for these village residents. Having easily accessible clean water every day and improving the air quality in their homes will lead to healthier men, women and especially children