The Washington Post recently published a nice article on members of the Howard University chapter of Engineers Without Boarders as they traveled to Choimim, Kenya to enhance water quality and quantity.
Choimim, located about 200 miles form Nairobi, is a small community. The young girls and women there walk an average three miles to gather water, sometimes spending three to four hours each day fetching water for their homes.
But, due to poor water and sanitation, these villagers also suffer from several preventable waterborne illnesses such as cholera, diarrhea and typhoid. The visiting engineers spent two weeks building a rainwater harvesting unit and filtration system, and installing six biosand filters. The water filters purify the dirty water so it’s safe to drink.
The group will continue to regularly maintain the filters.
We at Berkey water Filter appreciate the spread of safer drinking options for those in need, and we hope that, even here at home, you’ll care for your loved ones and yourself by assuring the water you drink is safe and clean.
Visit www.berkeyshop.com for more information on safe drinking water, as well as tips on food storage and emergency preparedness.