Photos of the Biosand Filters in Pra Hut

People Served


Thanks To

Clean Water For Elirose 2012


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.”

charity: water projects at schools like this one use clean water as a catalyst to improve the overall health of kids and the surrounding community. That means this school project includes not just a water source, but also a hand-washing station.
Students used to walk up to two hours to collect water for school. The water was not safe to drink and often made them sick.

As reported in the Phnom Penh Post, independent research conducted last year found that primary school students are 2.5 times more likely to regularly attend class at schools supplied with filtered water. The article notes, "With improved access to water, sanitation and hand-washing facilities, children will get sick less often and will have to miss fewer days of class, which will result in an overall positive contribution to their academic performance". Thanks to your help, these students now have access to safe and clean water right at their school!