For this project, we are partnering with “Pelita Indonesia” non-profit organization to distribute the water filter for the Indonesians.
Pelita works in cooperation with the Indonesian government at both the national and local levels, as well as national and international partners, to facilitate the empowerment of communities through the design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental development projects.
To address these concerns, Pelita Indonesia was founded in 2003 by citizens of West Java, Indonesia as a social organization with the mission to assist the poor of Indonesia in overcoming poverty and increase the level of overall health.
In addition to distributing water filter, we will also be campaigning about some health issue, such as the danger of smoking and education about TB.
Ceramic Water Filter
Drinking Water & Environmental Health Project
In Indonesia, most families get their drinking water from public taps, wells, or directly from the river. Usually all these water sources are contaminated with bacteria that cause diarrhea and other diseases, therefore most people boil their water before drinking or must purchase drinking water by the gallon. Bottled water is expensive and to boil water they must also purchase kerosene, LPG or wood, which is not only expensive but also more harmful to our environment and the communities’ health.
In Indonesia, 46 out of every 1,000 children die before reaching age 5. Most of these deaths are caused by diarrhea derivedfrom bacteria spread through unclean drinking water. Therefore, in 2003 Pelita Indonesia started the manufacture of ceramic drinking water filters to assist in providing the poor of Indonesia with an alternative and cheap source of clean drinking water.
HOW IT WORKS
The simple bucket-shaped filters are made from a mixture of clay and rice husks that have been crushed and screened. This mixture is then molded into the correct shape using a hydraulic press before it is fired in our kiln. During firing, the rice husks burn away leaving small pores (smaller than the size of bacteria) that allow the water to filter through the clay but leaving behind bacteria and sediment. Once cooled, the new ceramic filters are coated with colloidal silver that serves as an additional layer of protection from the bacteria.
Raw water is poured into the filter and gradually seeps through the pores and colloidal silver where it drips into our special catchment bucket leaving clean, potable, drinking water that is 98-99.88% free of parasites and harmful bacteria.
The filters treat approximately 1.5-2.5 liters per hour and can be used up to 2 years before replacement.
Ceramic Filter Datasheet – Download