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Clean water solutions for disaster zones

Original article from UNSW https://www.engineering.unsw.edu.au/news/clean-water-solutions-for-disaster-zones

In January 2016, UNSW Chemical Engineer Associate Professor Pierre Le-Clech embarked on a 10-day mission to earthquake-devastated Nepal to undertake a research project in collaboration with Skyjuice Foundation.

Professor Le-Clech has the first taste of the filtered water. Photo by Letty Noblet.

Professor Le-Clech has the first taste of the filtered water. Photo by Letty Noblet.

The Gorkha earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015 measured a massive 7.6 on the Richter Scale and tragically killed over 8,000 people. Having already collaborated with Skyjuice for a number of years, Le-Clech knew there were Skyjuice water filtration units on the ground in the affected area; so, drawing on funds from UNSW’s Natural Disaster Recovery Initiative, he initiated a project to assess their resilience.

“Generally speaking, once units have been installed, it’s difficult to monitor their performance. This project was an opportunity to not only find out how they had fared in the earthquake, but work out how best to ensure a more reliable, robust system lasting for longer,” says Le-Clech.

Skyjuice is a non-for-profit organisation which specialises in supplying low-cost clean water solutions to developing countries and disaster zones. Its units are designed to be easy to use. The recommended maintenance schedule is to shake the unit daily (to clear any accumulated dirt from the membrane), and clean it with commercial bleach every once in a while.

“They use an ultrafiltration membrane that works using gravity, so the feed tank just needs to be slightly higher than the membrane for the dirty water to be pushed through the fibres and clean water to be filtered as a result,” explains Le-Clech.

 

Disaster Aid International helping to rebuild in Fiji

DARTs start planning and assessments on Fiji – and receive a message of support from Bear Grylls

Our Disaster Aid Respose Team (the DARTs) is now in place in Fiji.  Howard Bradfield (Australia) was the first to arrive followed by Team Leader Peter  Hazell (UK), Steve Lister ( UK) and Wayne Beaumier (USA).

As is the case for any planned deployment, a lot of ground work is required to coordinate with the other  local and international support agencies, including local Rotary groups, before even making the first assessment trips. An important part of this process is participation in the  Shelter Cluster meetings organised under the umbrella of the UN.  Given theses early stages of recovery, the cluster meeting on 10 March was only able to  disseminate key statistics and data as it is still awaiting meaningful information from the field.  However, the consensus was that the greatest need was for rebuilding or repairing houses.

The next few days were spent sourcing material to make up shelter repair kits  and planning their first assessment trip  A major challenge for the former being the acute shortage of corrugated iron for roofing.

 

Ensuring safe drinking water for upland communities of Cagayan de Oro

For some of us, satisfying our thirst with clean and safe drinking water is as simple as filling a glass from a faucet or a water dispenser. This is not the case for most people living in the rural barangays of Cagayan de Oro, where access to a safe drinking water is no longer as simple as it used to be.

Among these barangays is Tuburan, one among the eighty Cagayan de Oro City communities. The barangay is located about kilometers southwest of the city center. 

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The community stated that the increasing water stress was due to mismanagement of their water sources. Among their expressed examples of mismanagement was the rampant mining activities in the past years. Mining, they said, posed a threat to a clean water supply in the upland barangays, especially among the children. The deterioration in water quality continued over the years. In 2015, the variations and extremes in the weather patterns further diminished the quantity of their supply.

Fiji - Cyclone Winston

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Cyclone Winston has left more than 40 people confirmed dead, with some 14,000 people sheltering in 274 evacuation centres around Fiji.

The UN reports that hundreds of homes and many schools and vital infrastructure have been damaged or destroyed.

Disaster Aid International (Aust.) is working to provide desperately needed aid to Fijians after the cyclone’s horrendous devastation. That includes liaising with our Rotary contacts and agencies in that country. Aid groups and government authorities are now racing to deal with a critical need for clean water, health supplies and emergency accommodation.

Your donation will help Disaster Aid International (Aust.) respond with Family Survival Packs, Home Repair Kits and, most importantly SkyHydrant™ water purification systems and Sawyer water filters.

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Fiji 2016

fiji9Disaster Aid Response Team Members distribute building supplies and assist with reconstruction after Cyclone Winston.

See below for a photo gallery.