Aquaboxes? What are they?
Submitted to C & B News for consideration March 2019
Over many years our Club has supported ShelterBox, which provides emergency boxes to people made homeless in disaster areas, each containing a tent and living essentials. Aquaboxes are designed to help in areas where a lack of clean water presents a threat to human life.
The blue box contains tools and humanitarian aid items but the main element is a water filter which removes all bacteria and water-borne diseases from river or flood water to produce perfectly clean drinking water. When empty the box can be used as a water container.
Our Club was recently given a demonstration of an Aquabox filter, drawing disgustingly dirty water from a container to fill a glass with perfectly clear drinking water. It was sampled by two Club members. It was remarkable.
The filter requires no other power than a hand-pumping action. A family unit can produce a litre of clean water per minute and they are known to be effective for more than 6 years, needing no more maintenance than periodic cleaning. A community-sized filter system can produce an impressive six litres of clean water per minute. Over its lifespan the Aquabox filter unit can produce a million litres of water – without leaving a single empty plastic bottle to add to environmental pollution.
The Aquabox filter was first produced by members of the Rotary Club of Wirksworth, Derbyshire. The filters are assembled and the boxes packed by volunteers in Wirksworth who hope to be able to double their output over the next 5 years.
The scheme was launched in 1992 and to date over 110,000 containers have been distributed to communities in the Philippines, Cameroon, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Mexico, India, Haiti, Somalia, Peru and, most recently, Syria.
£150 meets the cost of providing a family unit and £250 a larger community Aquabox. We think that’s a very modest price to pay for something of such real and lasting value. We are delighted to support this project.
If you want to know more about the Currie Balerno Rotary Club or about Aquabox go to our website at www.cbrotary.org