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.

Water Pumping

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

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.

Sanitation

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.

Hygiene

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.

Watershed Management

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.

News on Water, Sanitation + Hygiene

Water For People: COVID-19 Relief in Northern Peru

By Green Empowerment Communications | January 29, 2022 |

After two years of battling COVID-19, it’s clear the pandemic has revealed we are long past due for a systemic healthcare readjustment. Many places around the world are still in need of basic sanitation and access to clean water, proving just how much work still needs to be done.  In a rural region of northern…

A Letter of Gratitude

By Green Empowerment Communications | December 15, 2021 |

Maria Troche Mejía, president of the Los Andes water committee. As the holidays approach, I am grateful to share a remarkable story with you that demonstrates how your gifts to Green Empowerment are harnessed to achieve lasting results. Authentic partnership is at the heart of our work. With sustaining investments from supporters like you, we…

Technical Documents

Want to dive deeper into the technology we use? Check out these technical tools produced by Green Empowerment staff.

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