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Promoting low-cost water treatment technologies

Children from Children's Club Water and Sanitation Committee test water's pH balance in India.
Children from Children's Club Water and Sanitation Committee test water's pH balance in India.

Another distinctive feature of Plan’s water and sanitation interventions is the use of low-cost technologies for Point-of-Use Water Treatment.

In Cambodia, we are working with International Development Enterprises (IDE) and others to develop promotion and marketing systems that enable local vendors to profit from sales of ceramic water purifiers (Cambodian made).

To date, these ceramic water purifiers have been sold in 27 villages. They have also been distributed free of charge to five commune offices, five health centers and one district office in Kampong Cham province to help speed up awareness and acceptance.

In Tanzania, we're helping promote Solar Disinfection of Water (SODIS) in seven villages. Each village has a different number of SODIS promoters depending on the number of households that will participate in the project. It is expected that Plan will have 20 SODIS promoters for 1,200 families at the end of the project in March 2009.

In Mali, 17 community-based hygiene committees and water point management committees were trained in techniques for treatment of water with chlorine at the household level and management of water points. These facilitates have increased access and utilization of potable water throughout the year for 4,400 individuals in Plan partner communities.

Finally, in the Philippines, Plan is pioneering the use of bio-sand water filters with government authorities and villagers; Plan hosted the first national stakeholders’ forum on household water treatment and safe storage in the country.