In many countries, water is available in abundance (swamps, rivers, lakes, wells etc…) but unfit for consumption. All we need to do is purify it to provide villagers with the 1.5 liters needed for their daily consumption.
1001fontaines has created a purification unit based on the principals of ultra-violet sterilization and fully autonomous thanks to solar power.
This simple and efficient solution is managed directly in the village by an operator and our local partner. He or she is responsible for the quality of the produced water thanks to frequent controls.
In Cambodia, purified water is packaged in 20-liter containers, giving 2 to 3 days worth of water consumption to an average family.
Each container is disinfected, filled and sealed to ensure maximum protection for the water up to the place of consumption
In Madagascar, the process is the same but the water is packaged
in 22-liter containers, better suited for local habits.
Populations used to drinking surface water, or even drill water usually don’t realize the impact it has on their health and particularly on infants’ health. All of them don’t take the necessary precautions like boiling water before drinking it – which costs wood for the fire and requires time – or don’t have the necessary hygiene habits. For example, frequent diarrheas account for a large part of infant mortality.
An impact study carried out, setting aside factors other than water consumption, showed that the recurrence of diarrheas for children under 5 years old is 30% to 60% higher in families using surface or drilled water compared to those using “1001fontaines” water. The same study shows a 75% drop in school absenteeism where, thanks to our sponsorship, children can drink water delivered by a “1001fontaines entrepreneur” every day.
In addition to clean water production, our action aims at raising awareness of the importance of clean water consumption and the mandatory hygiene conditions which need to accompany it.