Many of us take for granted the clean safe drinking water we receive directly from the tap. This isn’t the case in many parts of the world. Millions of people die from diseases contracted directly from unsanitary drinking water every day. The World Health Organization estimates approximately 2.2 million people die around the world each year from diarrhea, many are children.
In order to help millions of people around the world who do not have access to clean safe drinking water, OIR partners with other non-profit organizations in Southeast Asia who specialize in ceramic drinking water filter distribution and manufacturing. These simple bucket-shaped filters are made from a mixture of clay and rice husks. After firing in a kiln, small pores are created allowing water to pass through but leaving behind bacteria and sediment. Once cooled, the filters are coated with colloidal silver, a bactericide, providing another layer of protection. Raw water can then be poured directly into the mouth of the filter. As water gradually seeps through the pores , it drips into a plastic bucket ready for drinking. This small and economical filter removes 98-99.9% of the harmful bacteria thereby providing up-to 3 liters of water per hour for 2 years.