We found that SMASE’s water was approaching unsafe levels of lead and arsenic - which spiked from time to time. The water also had high levels of iron, calcium, sulfate and decaying organic material, which caused the distinct odor and color. The water at SMASE could not have been used for drinking, cooking, or bathing students. It could not have been used to clean sensitive medical equipment like tracheotomy or gastrostomy tubes, because it left behind a white, grainy film. It used to smell like rotten eggs, had an unpleasant taste, and was often yellow or brown.
We have already built a simple water treatment plant, flushed the water lines and replaced plumbing fixtures – like pipes, sinks or water heaters – that were contributing to the problem. We now need your help to purchase a combination of carbon and membrane water filters for this new system in order to ensure that students and staff will have reliable access to safe, clean water.
H2O for Life is not a WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) project implementer. We have partnerships with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) implementing WASH in Schools projects around the world. Our NGO partners match funds needed for each school project. We also have a generous donor that provides us with an interest-free loan that, along with matching funds, allows for many projects to be started or possibly even completed before total funds have been raised. In rare situations we reserve the right to reallocate funds to alternate project(s).
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