Rio Blanco Water System Repairs

With the COVID pandemic meaning that our DARTs are still unable to travel we are continuing to support our Disaster Aid International partners with Smart Aid Grants.

Disaster AId Canada has been working with the Rotary Club of Comayagua, in Houduras to help remote communities.

Rio Blanco

The Rio Blanco water system for was destroyed by flooding.

The community needs clean water to drink and cook.

They also need water to plant crops and stave off malnutrition and disease.

Every morning the women and children leave home at dawn to walk 2 kilometers with wheelbarrows, buckets and plastic containers to get water.

At the source they must wait for their turn to access the water with the other villagers.

The Project

The Plan is in two phases

Phase 1 invoves rebuilding the dam and the building of a sand filtration system.

Dam Site

Phase 2 will be a new main water pipe to the village.

The people of Rio Blanco will supply the labour and sand and gravel for the project.

Most of the transportation will be over little more than mule tracks and will require 4×4 trucks to get the materials to the town.

With US$7,700 raised by DA Canada, RC Comox. and Disaster Aid Australia for cement and reinforcing steel Phase 1 is ready to start.

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International Peace Day 21st Sept

This week as a Rotary based organisation we are marking International Peace Day.

Peace, and Confict Resolution is one of Rotary International’s Seven Areas of Focus.

What Disaster Aid Australia Is Doing To Help Peace

In 2017 during the Marawi Crisis in the Philippines we worked with our Philippine partner Balay Mindanaw to assist people displaced during the armed conflict.

We provided tents and SkyHydrants to keep people safe during the six months of fighting.

Balay Mindanaw have continued building peace in the Bangsamoro regions of Mindanao by improving the conditions of rural communities.

One of the key improvements has been, better health due to the provision of safe drinking water through our ‘Safe Water for Every Child‘ program.

This year the Board of DAA has chosen to commence the Bangsamoro Health and Peace Project.

The aim is to provide at least five communities a year with safe water for the next five years.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia build peace in developing countries you can help provide safe water in the Philippines, then click on the link below;

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5 x Healthier

The United Nations believe 80% of illnesses and deaths in developing countries is due to contaminated drinking water.

That means safe water can prevent four out of every five illnesses.

Disaster Aid Australia has seen the truth of this statistic.

Our installations In India in conjunction with Disaster Aid India and the Diganta Swaraj Foundation Reduced School Absences by 88%

The water is not only safer and looks cleaner. . . . but it tastes better because our SkyHydrants don’t add chemicals in the filtration process.

WHICH WOULD YOU DRINK?

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WASH Myth No 2 – Stream Sample Means Safe

Photo from WikiMedia (Cirosantilli2)

One of the standard methods of looking at water quality is to sample a stream.

However a very low, or zero, bacteria result doesn’t mean the location is a safe source.

Below are three reasons why a low bacteriological sample value may not be providing good information:

Sample Not Truly Representative

The typical stream sample is 1 Litre.

Even a small stream is likely to have a flow of up to 500litres/min, thats 720,000 litres per day.

That means you are sampling 0.00014% of that days flow, hardly representative!

Changing Water Quality

Water Quality in a stream is not consistant, for example:

  • Rainfall will wash dirt and faeces into the stream.
  • Dry periods, with low flows, may concentrate any contamination
  • Animals, birds, and humans live in the catchment and may use it for washing, and defacation.

Sampling Protocols

For accurate testing extensive protocols need to be performed, for example:

  • Proper preparation of sample bottles;
  • Refrigerate samples during transport:
  • Deliver to an accredited laboratory on day of collection;

For a full range of protocols see this Tasmanian Goverment document Community Water Samples

Without the correct protocols, which may be difficult in many developing countries, the may be very large.

The Value of Water Testing

The above problems do not mean that water testing shouldn’t be carried out.

Water Tests are valuable for:

  • Comparing bacterial quality of different sources of water for a community.
  • Providing Information on the types of natural chemicals in the water that can cause health concerns, for instance arsenic, and flouride.
  • Identifying pollution from industrial processes and mining.

How To Achieve Safe Water

The best way to ensure safe drinking water is:

  • Having a source water that is free of harmfull chemicals.
  • Have a treatment system that reliably removes ALL bacteria from the water.

Disaster Aid Australia continue to install SkyHydrants, as they have proved highly effective at removing all bacteria from water.

This has reduced illness in serviced communities by more than 70%.

Every dollar donated to Disaster Aid Australia’s ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ program provides one person with safe water for one year.
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