Safe Drinking Water for Communities
Ha of forest is protected
ceramic water filters distributed
Tonnes of Co2 mitigated
In Cambodia, the majority of the population boils water to make it safe for drinking on wood fire stoves, while many do not use any sort of treatment at all.
The smoke this gives off can have very harmful effects on the respiratory health of women and children in particular; drinking unpurified water can lead to illnesses particularly among young children.
The simple yet highly effective technology, the project helps thousands of Cambodians access clean water, leading to a number of knock-on benefits. As indoor smoke is reduced, respiratory health improves, while clean drinking water is an essential component to combatting diarrhoea illness. Overall public health is improved, which helps to stimulate economic activity. With the reduced need for wood fuel, families spend less time gathering wood and less money buying it, freeing up their resources for other activities. Less pressure is therefore put on Cambodia’s vulnerable forests.
The project sells CWPs to families across Cambodia. Once the water has passed through the ceramic filter the clean water is stored in a plastic container, giving safe drinking water at just a turn of the tap. The filters are produced at a purpose-built factory in Cambodia providing employment opportunities to locals. The filters have a number of low-interest financing options and many are sold to NGOs who offer them at a subsidised price.
About the Project Developer
The moral case for climate action is clear - failing to meet the climate and sustainable development challenge would push hundreds of millions of people into poverty, with devastating social and economic consequences globally. Moreover, millions of new green jobs are already being created through climate actions across sectors. Climate and human development are sides of the same coin. South Pole strives for a world where businesses, governments and communities make climate action the new normal.