Abundant Water (AW) is a non-profit organization founded by Australian engineer, and AW project manager, Sunny Forsyth. He realized the need for clean drinking water in rural communities in Laos, a developing country, while working as an Australian Government Youth Ambassador in 2007. He sought advice from Dr. Tony Flynn at the Australian National University, whose research demonstrated that clay-pot filters, made from sustainable materials found everywhere, are a low-cost, innovative and effective way to remove over 95 percent of the pathogens found in unsafe drinking water. In August of 2008, Abundant Water was born. Through the website, Sunny generated support for the project and began the process of making clay-pot filters with local potters.
Donations can be made from within or outside of Australia and they go toward training indigenous potters in Laos and elsewhere to make their own clay-pot water filters. Patrons can donate any amount, but the website suggests purchasing a 2011 Abundant Water Calendar (pictured above) for $15. This can provide training for one potter in Laos, and the calendar will serve as a daily reminder of the people your gift will help.
This #charitytuesday, we call attention to Abundant Water – a non-profit organization based in Australia, helping to bring clean drinking water to the people of Laos, through innovative, long-lasting methods.
Led by Dr. Richard Wukich, Filterpure brings clean water to developing nations through the manufacturing and distribution of clay pot water filters. These filters are comprised of colloidal silver layered between a 1:1 mixture of clay and sawdust. As water flows through the cracks and crevices in the pot, it passes by the particles of silver which kill bacteria and viruses. (The antimicrobial properties of silver are similar to the benefits of oregano, which we discussed in an earlier post.) The pot sits inside of a large bucket with a spigot at the bottom that allows the water to be easily emptied into containers for drinking. These water filters can clean up to 2.5 liters of water per hour and cost as little as $15 to make. The water comes out 99 percent clean and 100 percent drinkable, and the filter life is at least five years.
Immediately after the earthquake in January, Filterpure was in Haiti distributing filters to victims of the natural disaster. Currently, the water filters are being used in hospitals and temporary tent villages in Haiti, and around the world in developing countries like Sudan, Honduras and Afghanistan, providing clean water to those who did not previously have access to it. Recently, Filterpure partnered with Global Effect and Wine to Water to install a factory in Haiti. The organization not only distributes the filters to developing nations, but also provides the tools and educational resources for local residents to maintain sustainable, affordable safe water, sanitation and hygiene practices long-term.