Background: Drinking water contamination contributes to hospital cases and death in Zambia. Most families live under very difficult circumstances and live on less than $2 per day defined as extreme poverty by the UN. Regarding clean drinking water: most homes do not have running water or taps in their homes. Homes that do have access to water, do not have clean water as most pipes are broken resulting in unsafe water. Most families draw water from shallow wells or communal taps which are not safe. Over 60% of households have chronic diarrheal diseases if the water is not chlorinated or boiled before consumption. Having a safe water filtration system would prevent most diseases like diarrhea which will reduce the number of clinic visits, and cost of medication. The population is well informed about the issue of water-borne disease and motivated to take steps to improve their own health through water filtration.
Approach: Safe Water Stations will be constructed using 0.1 micron membrane filters, pre-filters, water buckets and stands. Families will be trained on use and maintenance of the Safe Water Stations.
Point Loma Rotary Club members will select filter system components from sources with proven track records with Rotary water filtration projects in similar environments. They will purchase hardware and design training materials. They will provide oversight to teammates in Zambia.