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Youth Group Installs Bio Water Sand Filter in West Point

John Kumeh/Maximilian Kasseh, Jr.
Bio Filter launch in the Township of West Point
Bio Filter launch in the Township of West Point

MONROVIA,LIBERIA-In a bid to provide safe drinking water to the population of Liberia, especially in marginalized and swamp communities , several local groups under the leadership of Alternative to Violence Project, a student initiative, have launched a Bio Sand Water Filter project in the Township of West Point.

The project is aimed at providing safe water and to create awareness about the significant role the filter plays in reducing the transmission of water borne diseases.

Providing a brief about the project, the coordinator of the Alternative to Violence project, Philiphbert Quoqui, disclosed that the project is a joint one which is intended to promote the filter in Liberia.

Mr. Quoiqui said Friendly Water of the World, an American based NGO, trained several youth and church organizations with the goal of spreading the technology across the country.

He informed residents of the Township of West Point that field studies has proven that the Bio Sand Water Filter remove up to 98.5%, bacteria from contaminated water, 99.9% of protozoa,95 % turbidity and 90-95% of iron.
Mr. Quoquio informed the residents that’ Quoqui The filter’ is produced from local materials like sand, crush rocks, amongst others.
Installing the technology, the Program Officer of the Alternative Violence project, Moses Cole, said contaminated water is simply poured into the top of the BioSand filter on an intermittent basis.

The water slowly passes through the diffuser and percolates down through the bio layer sand and gravel.

Mr. Cole asserted that treated water naturally flows from the outlet tube.

He said pathogens and suspended solids are removed through a combination of biological and physical processes that take place in the biolayer and within the sand layer.

According to him, these processes include: mechanical trapping, predation, adsorption, and natural death.

The Alternative to violence program Officer urged beneficiaries not to use any water treatment within the bio sand filter.

He said the installed filter has all it takes to purify water for drinking purpose.

Mr. Cole also informed residents that the filter can be purchased for sixty United States dollars.

The program officer said the filter can be used in homes, schools and communities.

Bio Filter Produced By Youth and Church Organizations.


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