Clean Water, Sanitation For Rural Villagers Is The Result
The Cary-Page club, its partners in District 7710 and the Rotary Club of Danli, Honduras – have finished their project in Nueva Palestina, Honduras. And what a project it has been: the construction of 305 Biosand water filters and 59 latrines in that remote part of Eastern Honduras. This equipment will promote clean drinking water and prevent water-borne illnesses that take thousands of lives in Honduras every year. That news came in a phone call from Honduras the last week of June.
Biosand filters use gravity to carry dirty water through layers of biological material that kill pathogens, then through sand and gravel to remove solids. Water then trickles out of a pipe and into a container collecting the potable water. These filters weigh about 400 pounds, which discourages theft over the 20 years they work for families lacking access to public sources of clean water. The filters were made by a company (Fabrica de Filtros de Bioarena) in Danli, and village families constructed the latrines. District 7710 clubs (Southwest Durham, Wake Forest, Holly Springs and the five Cary clubs) provided $42,250 for materials and construction of the latrines.