There are very few sources of clean water in the four sections
of Thomazeau, especially in the mountains. Our medical teams
reported they repeatedly were treating patients for the same water
borne illnesses caused from drinking non-purified water. As an
organization we knew if we were to be successful in improving the
overall health of the people they needed safe water.
A great deal of research went into determining how to collect
water, store it and then purify it. We worked with other
organizations such as Clean Water for the World and Gift of Water
to find the best known methods.
It was determined the best filter to be used in the mountain area
was the Sawyer Water Filter. This process consists of a 5 gallon
bucket with a hose that has a mesh filter enclosed. People must
remember to save enough purified water in order to back flush the
filter periodically. No chlorine tabs are needed but may be used.
This saves the people a bit of money and the problem of getting the
A pilot program was started and Blocoss and then 50 families were
selected. Those families selected signed a contract agreeing to
keep the filter in working order and pay a small rental fee
amounting to about a penny a day. The money collected goes into an
account to be used to pay the water inspector, purchase parts for
broken filters and save money to purchase more filters. There is a
water committee and there is also ongoing monitoring to evaluate
the program. The medical teams have reported a great improvement in
the overall health of the people using a water purification
The neighboring village of Noyau will be the next location for
additional 50 filters to be placed in homes. It costs about $75.00
per unit and more donations are needed to reach the goal of
Since there are very few streams or springs in the mountain areas
efforts are focused on rain water harvesting. The approach
consisted of collecting water from roofs in sound gutters,
repairing existing cisterns in need and constructing new cisterns
where needed. Only dwellings that were strong enough to support
rain gutters were selected for individual families. Churches and
schools were also selected to collect water for the communities.
Time and resources will continue to be devoted to repairing
cisterns and rain gutters as well as building new ones.
Having these cisterns filled with water has helped cut down on the
number of hours needed for people to walk miles each day, up and
down mountain sides to collect water from a small stream.
UV Water Filtration
We continue to work with Clean Water for the World. That process
includes having a well dug by the villagers. We provide a pump and
CWFW provides the ultra violet light for water purification. A
cement structure is built around the system to protect it from
damage as well as to hold a large "tuff tank" for water storage.
Water is then distributed periodically throughout the day to the
people of the village. The cost to build these structures continues
to increase since the cost of the material is on the rise and the
filters are needed in areas that are difficult to reach. The cost
is approximately $1500.00 for each system. CWFW continues to supply
units and repairs.
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