Teuk Saat Cambodia Clean Water Project

Location: Laos & Cambodia
The Terra project disseminates water filters so that families can produce their own safe drinking water without the need to burn wood to boil it.

Project Summary.

For millions of Laotians and Cambodians, access to clean water is difficult and water must be boiled for consumption. Diseases related to the consumption of non-drinking water remain the main cause of child death under 5 years of age. In addition to this, in order to boil water, residents must burn wood and charcoal which comes with its own set of respiratory health hazards.

Thanks to these filters, families can produce their own drinking water daily and reduce their consumption of wood and fossil fuels. This significantly improves their standard of living by avoiding harmful smoke emissions in their kitchen as well as preserves the primary forests of Cambodia and Laos.

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Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals:

SDG 3: Good health and well-being

Thanks to water purifiers, the number of respiratory diseases (linked to wood burning) is significantly reduced, as well as the number of diseases linked to unpotable water consumption.

SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation

The project provides access to clean water to more than 1 million inhabitants.

SDG 13: Climate action

This programme prevents 105,000 metric tons of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere.

The results

  • In Cambodia 90,000 metric tons of CO2 are avoided per year.
  • In Laos 15,000 metric tons of CO2 are avoided per year.
  • The project benefits nearly 1 million Cambodians and 150,000 Laotians.
  • 99% of bacteria are eliminated thanks to the purifier, which can clean 50 liters of water per day.
  • In Laos, value creation linked to avoided deforestation as a result of the project amounts $15,800.
  • In Cambodia, families have saved $30,000 from the reduced need for heating fuels and wood.

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