Water Treatment Center
The lack of potable clean water in the community has caused many issues. Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea were commonplace among the villagers and small children and infants were especially vulnerable. The only source of water for many of the villagers used to come from a government pond near the community. In the rainy season when it was filled with fresher water there were less medical complications, but during the dry season which is approximately eight months of the year, the pond contributed to many health problems.
We have subsequently constructed a water filtration centre to supply clean, potable drinking water to the whole community.
The first stage of creating clean water for the community was to dig a 30m deep electric well. From here the water is transferred to an 8000 litre holding tank where it is purified using efficient modern techniques. Water is then sent to three further tanks of 8000 litres each – the ones that can be seen in the underneath area of the office building. So, in total, the water filtration system can store 24 000 litres of potable water!!
The $8,400 cost of the project was covered by RATANAK Foundation and friends in New Zealand, and water came ‘on line’ at the village pump in August 2015.