International Recognition for Bhutan 2020

Disaster Aid Australia (DAA) has just been notified that Bhutan 2020 has been selected for a National Award by the Energy Globe Awards.

The awards, organised by the Energy Globe Foundation, are the most prominent worldwide environmental project recognition.

It’s a great that we have been chosen, from 2,500 entries worldwide, to receive one of the 180 National Awards.

This recognises that this project delivers safe water in a sustainable way across the whole of Bhutan.

Key Aspects of the Project

The project, which will shortly be completed, is much more that a DAA project, and could have not have been achieved without:

  • The Rotary Club of Thimphu who first approached DAA in 2017 and have since been working continously on in-country liasion.
  • The Bhutan Government that have have provided ongoing support through their Education Department.
  • The Installation Team from the School Planning and Building Division.
  • The SkyHydrants, from the SkyJuice Foundation, that provide safe drinking water without the use of electrical power.
  • The generous support of Australian Rotary Clubs and individual supporters.

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This Safe Water For Every Child project continues to deliver

Chhokhorling MSS, Gelephu

In the past few weeks our Bhutan team have installed a further 7 SkyHydrants.

They also conducted a training session for the Caretakers/WASH officials of a number of schools at Damphu, Tsirang.

Training Session

The team are now in quarantine as Gelephu, where some of the installations took place, is classified as a High Risk Area.

When they are able to return to Thimphu they will be taking a short break at home.

Pelrithang HSS

They will then be heading out to the East of Bhutan to install 8 more filters.

Included is also an image of a training session that was conducted by one of the engineer of the team – for the Caretakers/WASH officials of a number of schools, recently at Damphu, Tsirang.

Gelephu HSS

Disaster Aid Australia would like to acknowledge the contribution of the School Planning and Building Division (SPBD) in providing the two engineers of the Installlation Team to this project.

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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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