WATER, SANITATION + HYGIENE
Without basic infrastructure, such as access to clean water and latrines, communities face higher mortality rates from water-borne diseases and spend hours retrieving water for their families. Green Empowerment leverages a variety of technologies and approaches to improve access to safe potable drinking water.
We use community-specific technology to help individuals access water, either by community tap stands or in their home. Solar powered water pumps are used to draw water from bore holes and wells to fill water tanks. Ram pumps are gravity-powered pumps that use hydraulics to pump water uphill and over long distances without using diesel or electricity. Gravity-fed water systems are used where the water source is located above the community.
Biosand Filters use a combination of sand, gravel, and a biological layer to provide passive and active filtration of contaminated water sources. The technology scales very well from household to community-sized filtration systems. In Peru, biosand filters paired with rural health training have resulted in an infant mortality rate of zero in the last several years.
Waterborne diseases, most often caused by human waste, play a significant role in the health of communities, causing productivity delays, school absences, and sometimes loss of life. To address this community crisis, we work with a variety of sanitation technologies including pit and composting latrines and biogas toilets.
While access to water is important, training in the proper conditions and practices that maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases, especially around animals and sanitation, is critical to achieving positive health outcomes. We incorporate hygiene training in all of our water projects, from handwashing to protection of water sources.
In order to guarantee the long-term success of water pumping and micro-hydro systems, communities work with Green Empowerment to develop and implement a watershed management plan. This helps maintain and improve the health of ground water and local streams and rivers. These plans also support communities in preserving their natural resources and cultural heritage.
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