Rotary Awards Global Grant for Clean Water and Sanitation Project

Rotary Awards Global Grant for Clean Water and Sanitation Project

We are very excited to report that the Rotary Grants Centre has approved a $ 95,000 Global Grant for a BFTproject to provide a safe and reliable water supply, sanitation and clean drinking water to three villages inSvay Leu District, Siem Reap province. The work will be completed during 2020.The villages have a severe, in some cases life-threatening problem. Their access to water in the dry seasonsis poor and the surface water they do have access to is often highly contaminated. And, whereas othervillages can solve the problem by installing relatively inexpensive “ring wells” ofaround 5 m depth, theaquifer in these villages is around 30m or more below ground level, necessitating a “deep bore” welldesign.The project will benefit all members of the community in substantial and life-changing ways. Firstly, it willprovide a safeand reliable water supply, preventing diseases, such as dysentery, which have such adebilitating effect on health, especially for infants and young children. It prevents the substantial impact onfamilies who are forced during the dry season to carry water over long distances, or even to move toanother village.And it provides the opportunity to grow alternative crops, such as vegetables, which require year-roundwater supply, providing a healthier and more nutritious diet for the families.Water filtersystems will be provided at the villages, either at the primary school or community centre.Water will be pumped from a deep bore using a solar-powered pump to an elevated tank. The water thenflows through an ultra-filtration unit to supply clean filtered water for drinking and handwashing.