The Water Filter that’s changing the Philippines

Project: Women Uniting for Safe Water in the Philippines


BioSand Filter (BSF), the company responsible for making its namesake product, has started installing their water filters in communities across the Philippines. In a country with 100 million people, over half of them do not have access to sanitary water. BSF is trying to change that.

Photo: BSF Philippines
Photo: BSF Philippines

The filter is a cylindrical shaped vessel with a tightly fitting lid that prevents unwanted contaminates from entering the filter. When water collected from an outside source is poured into the filter, it first hits a draining pan that prevents disruption of the successive layers. Water then passes from the draining pan through a biofilm layer, a sand layer, a fine gravel layer and finally, the large gravel layer.

By pouring water collected from streams or other sources into the top of the unit, harmful contaminates that lead to diarrhea, joint pain, liver problems, and many other health complications are eliminated. This includes the removal of E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria through both biological and mechanical processes. The end product is safe, clean, potable water that is clear, has no smell, and tastes better.

Read more about how BSF intends to support the fight against water-borne illnesses in the Philippines here.


Philippines Struggle to Supply Most Basic of Needs

Project: Women Uniting for Safe Water in the Philippines

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“The failure to ensure safe water supply and sanitation and the rapidity with which we degrade the environment through air and water pollutants greatly threatens human health and contributes to a high death toll across all ages. The poorest victims, however, are the children.”

In the Philippines, 25 million people do not have access to basic sanitation services and another 13 million lack access to clean water. The costs associated with these disadvantages are huge: disease is rampant, death not uncommon and over $280 million USD in medical expenses and lost income. Attempts are being made by the government to reduce these numbers, following the Millennium Development Goal, but it appears unlikely to be met by 2015. Women and children are the primary fetchers of water, resulting in their continued inability to bring themselves or their families out of poverty if they must constantly be searching for clean water.
You can read the entirety of the article here.