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About The Ceramic Water Filter Project

Imagine you are thirsty. A large glass of crystal clear cool water would be very refreshing.  What do you do?  You walk over to the faucet, turn the knob, and water gushes out.  As much water as you want is there for you.  The water will not make you sick, because you live in a society where clean, safe, water is available to every person.  If you are reading this from Indonesia, safe tap water is not an option for you.

Imagine you are thirsty. First thing you do in Indonesia is turn on the gas stovetop, or head into the woods to gather firewood, because you will boil the water you drink. Indonesians live where the rivers and the water in the ground itself is contaminated with human waste and infected with disease.

Friends Peace Teams to Indonesia operates with the knowledge that water is a basic human right.   We actively pursue a world where each and every person has access to clean drinking water.  This is why Friends Peace Teams to Indonesia has teamed up with an Indonesian nonprofit organization, The Society for Health Education Environment and Peace (SHEEP) to bring water filters to Indonesia.

The enormous burden of boiling water to drink is eased by the use of simple ceramic water filters, which enable communities to efficiently ensure the safety of their water.  Although these water filters require a high level of technical expertise to produce, they will guarantee protection at low cost with over-the-counter ease of use.

Disasters, like the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia leave devastation and destroy clean water systems.  Portable point-of-use water filters, like the ones SHEEP will manufacture, are key to avoiding common diarrheal diseases, as well as massive outbreaks.  The 2010 cholera outbreak in Haiti is a terrible example of disease outbreak.  In Hati’s case the cholera is an added burden for those already affected by the earthquake.

Foreign companies are securing water rights in Indonesia.  This means that corporations have actual ownership of the water in the streams and ground.  This water is cleaned, bottled and sold to Indonesians and often exported.  Bottled water is very expensive for ordinary Indonesians, and long-term use of ceramic water filters could provide a viable alternative to buying bottled water.

Nicholas Rozard, a ceramic engineer from Alfred, New York, who studied ceramics at Alfred University will be working with SHEEP.  The water filter team working at SHEEP, including Rozard, will be responsible for every facet of the production including; designing, manufacturing, testing, and ensuring the safety of the water filters. SHEEP will distribute the water filters through their existing community development and disaster relief networks.