Safe Drinking Water for Communities

Location

Cambodia

Project Developer

South Pole

Technology

Water Filters

Certification

Gold Standard

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Sustainable Development Goals
No Poverty Good Health and Well-being Gender Equality Clean Water and Sanitation Decent Work and Economic Growth Climate Action Life on Land

230

Ha of forest is protected

400,000

ceramic water filters distributed

89,000

Tonnes of Co2 mitigated

Project Background

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.

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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.

Project Details

Impacts

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.

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Project Technology

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.

South Pole

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Safe Drinking Water for Communities

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Location

Cambodia

Technology

Water Filters