Effectiveness of Biosand Water Filters in Siem Reap, Cambodia: Expanded Support and Video Documentary

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Fall 2008

Project Description/Abstract

The Watershed Access Lab (WAL) at Bridgewater State College will expand its project collaboration with the Health, Pure Water, and Literacy for Cambodia project on the effectiveness of bio-sand filters (BSF) in villages surrounding Siem Reap. Over 1500 BSFs have been distributed in an effort to reduce cases of water borne illnesses. Data from 2007-2008 show that BSF filters remove over 90% of bacteria in household drinking water. This project extends the WAI support of network and expands the BSF assessment program to the Angkor Chum district and investigates removals in contaminated surface water sources. A key component of this project will be producing a documentary film of the Health, Pure Water, and Literacy for Cambodia program to promote international support and improved access to pure water for improving public health in Cambodia. This project demonstrates how community-lead organizations can work with colleges and universities to positively impact our world.

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