Photos of the Biosand Filters in Prey Svay

People Served


Thanks To

Smile Gen San Diego Builds A Well


October 2014

Solution Type

Biosand Filters

Local Partner

Samaritan's Purse Canada

Field Notes

A note from charity: water's Water Program Manager in Cambodia: “The most fascinating aspects of the BioSand Filter are that there are no moving parts to it and the sand doesn’t have to be replaced. There’s a small basin that might need repair or replacement over time, but these are simple fixes. Just like other water solutions, we know BioSand filters will stop working eventually but what we haven’t been able to figure out is when. The earliest filters were installed in Cambodia in the late ‘90s and they’re still working! So far what we’ve determined is that as long as families are interested in and keep using the filter, it’ll work and provide them with safe drinking water.”

Thanks to you, this community now has access to clean and safe drinking water. They've also been trained by our local partners on safe hygiene practices and basic maintenance of the BioSand Filter.

You may notice that there are multiple families in the community benefiting from the BioSand filter at the household level. Each family using the filter contributed toward their project's construction -- a small fee, but one that helps instill a sense of personal ownership for the project.

Note: You may have noticed your campaign funded additional projects in Cambodia. Our partner Samaritan’s Purse and their local partner Clear Cambodia were able to complete BioSand Filters in even more communities -- which means the money you raised is serving more people than we ever thought!

Because this is an extra project, the project sign reads mycharity: water.