The WISE-Foundation
Our Mission: To improve people's lives by providing the knowledge and means by which they can become more independent and self sufficient.
Yogesh M. & Bella Y. Patel



Water Purification

Background:

According to the United Nations, more than 5 million people die each year from diseases related to contaminated drinking water.  Most live in developing countries like in India and, overwhelmingly, they are children under the age of 5.

Project Details:

Having access to clean drinking water is an integral part of a healthy community.  One of the Foundation's largest projects, located in the rural areas of Dharmpur and Mangrol, provides general health care and treatment for malaria, TB as well as addresses maternal and child health care.  It is in this area that the Foundation, in partnership with "Potters For Peace", will establish a local industry to produce clay filters to purify the local water supply.

Providing safe drinking water to villagers of Dharmpur and Mangrol will prevent scores of diseases and promote general well being. 






According to WHO (World Health Organization, 2005), 1.7 million children die each year from diarrhea caused by drinking water from contaminated sources.  Here a young girl in a developing country fetches untreated water for her families daily use
   


Made of clay mixed with some grist - usually sawdust or ground rice husks that will burn off later in the kiln - and then shaped carefully.  This pot has thousand of micro pores.  And those pores, along with a coating of antibacterial silver solution, allows it to remove 98 to 100 percent of the bacteria from contaminated water, making it safe to drink.




The clay filter, as shown here rests inside a lidded 5 gallon plastic bucket with a spigot. This filter will purify enough water for a family of 6.

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