Access to clean drinking water is a critical issue in the developing world. This innovative water filtration project aims to tackle the issues of waterborne diseases and agricultural contaminants in rural water sources.
Pond Foundation and their Hilary's Kids community development initiative are already operating with partner communities on an agricultural project with WhatIF Foods across northern Ghana, making for an ideal location to pilot this project before taking it to scale. We are seeking your support to get this project off the ground!
The pilot phase of this project will be rolled out in 25 rural communities across 5 districts in the Northern Region of Ghana.
Communities in this area suffer heavily from water-borne diseases and synthetic organic contaminants from agricultural runoff.
Project WaterSafe will be using high-quality, low cost water treatment systems that can be easily maintained using resources found in our partner communities. Water is passed through gravel, sand, and biochar layers to remove sediment, particulate organic matter, microorganisms, and synthetic organic contaminants.
This system replicates highly-technical, large-scale water filtration systems using sand-based biofilters and activated carbon filters, but is maintainable in a rural community setting. Each filter system has an output capacity of 300L of safe drinking water per day, enough for around 120 adults and children.
Project WaterSafe needs your support! We are looking for donations to fund the implementation of 40 WaterSafe filtration systems across all of our 25 partner communities in 2023, providing safe drinking water for over 4500 people.
Project Donation: If you would like to support the project, we welcome one-off or monthly donations of any amount towards the operations of this project. We‘ll update you regularly regarding the progress of the project, and testimonials from our partner communities, along with photos and videos of our team on the ground.
WaterSafe Credit: By making a one-off donation of CHF 500, you will entirely fund 1 WaterSafe system, including material costs, labor, transport, biochar production, and maintenance training.
Each WaterSafe system…
- Provides safe drinking water for 120 people for a minimum of 4 years. The community will be trained in system maintenance by Pond Foundation staff and can replace the filtering layers using local resources and biochar from agricultural waste, and maintain the filter indefinitely.
- Contains approximately 1 tCO2e worth of smallholder biochar. This biochar will be applied to local fields after running its course as an activated carbon filter, improving yields and sequestering carbon for over 100 years.
WaterSafe Credit funders will receive 1 WaterSafe pre-Carbon Removal Credit, along with updates about the very WaterSafe System that they funded.
For more information, contact Sam Ashworth at [email protected]