Recently a team from Disaster Aid Australia visited the Camarines Sur region to commence the installation of two SkyHydrants for a Project in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Naga and the Rotary Club of Goa.
A key feature of this project was the involvement of the school community in planning and constructing the header tank tower.
The photograph on the left shows the tower under construction based on a suggestion of the School Maintenance Supervisor Mr. Beloy.
Following a busy few days the SkyHydrant was ready to deliver water by the end of the week.
This SkyHydrant, which was sponsored by Calmar Corps, will provide Safe Water for over 1200 pupils.
Completion of the whole project, comprising another 15 schools, will be dependant on succesful fund raising by Disaster Aid Australia and the Rotary Club of Naga
Sponsor a school for $5,000.
Disaster Aid Australia's main reason for installing SkyHydrants is to protect the health of children like this young boy in the Camarines Sur Region of the Philippines.
It is not the only advantage this technology has. . . .
The overall cost of water from a Skyhydrant is less than 1cent per litre over the life of the system.
This compares with 50cents per litre for a small bottle of water bought locally.
Even buying a 5 litre bottle of water, the cost is around 40 cents per litre.
This doesn't seem much to Australians, but in the Philippines the minimum daily wage is around $7.
If a family buys a 5 litre drinking water from the supermarket that may be almost a third of someones wage.
Low cost safe water means that more money is available for food, clothes and other necessities.
One of the advantages of the SkyHydrant we use for 'Safe Water for Every Child' and 'Smart Aid' is that the units weigh less than 20Kg.
This means that when our volunteers are flying out for an installation they can take at least one SkyHydrant as checked baggage, when they restrict their personal gear to a carry on bag.
High status frequent flyers can often take 2 units.
This saves Disaster Aid Australia money which can then be spent on more aid.
In a disaster response it also saves time getting safe water to where it is needed.
Recently staff from one of our supporters, Calmar Corps, were visiting the Philipines and offered to take 2 SkyHydrants with them to be delivered to Cagayan de Oro on the island of Mindanao.
The two SkyHydrants travelled from Melbourne to Sydney and then Manila.
They then 'visited' several locations including spending a few days relaxing poolside at Villa Kasadya (see photograph).
After their 'holiday' they were handed over to our Philippine partner Balay Mindanaw who will ensure they are delivered to a location in the region around Marawi.
If you are traveling to the Philippines, or Bhutan, in the next few months you may be able to help us be delivering a Skyhydrant. . . . but there is no need to take them on a holiday!
This international award was founded by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards.
The aim of the Awards is to present successful sustainable projects to a broad audience.
Our submission was based on 'Safe Water for Every Child' as delivered in the Philippines.
The project’s aim is to provide clean water to communities across the Philippines in an effective, long term sustainable manner.
The method of ensuring clean water is to install community Skyhydrants which are low pressure ultra filtration units which remove bacteria from the water without the need for electrical power or chemicals.
Each Skyhydrant filter, provided by Disaster Aid Australia, can produce 20Litres per day, per person, of safe water for a community of up to 500 people.
The filters operate without any source of power if a gravity water supply is available.
The use of chemicals is limited to weekly cleaning only.
Disaster Aid Australia have trained our Philippine partner organization Balay Mindanaw in the installation and operations of the filters.
As the local installation work is carried out locally by Balay Mindenaw there is a huge cost saving compared with using expatriate installers.
To date over 40 Skyhydrants have been permanently installed and another 3 have been used in temporary mobile installations to help people displaced due to recent fighting by Islamic rebels in Marawi.