Installing the Water Filters

Today was one of the best days of the trip so far! We got the chance to install two of the water filters that we made in a small village. We washed the rocks and sand that are used to purify the water in the bio-sand filters. The head of the foundation, Uncle Vic, warned us that many of the older villagers are at first skeptical of these filters, and believe they are unnecessary.

We were adding the final layer of sand to the filter, eagerly waiting for the water to begin coming out of the spout. An older woman that we assumed was the grandmother, watched with reservation about whether or not this concrete box in her home would do anything. Sure enough, clean and clear water began pouring out of the spout. After explaining how the filter worked, the elderly woman seemed convinced that these filters were truly something special. The Foundation’s bio sand filters provide clean drinking water for 40 years. It’s crazy to think that I will be 57 years old when these filters need replacing. Luckily, that is a long ways off!