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Terraclear - Clean water access for families in Laos

  • 6. Clean Water
  • 13. Climate Action

In Laos, over 80% of households must boil their water to make it safe to drink. Despite many taking this boiling precaution, preventable illness from drinking contaminated water is still a leading cause of death for children under five. But with a water filter at home, families can produce their own safe water every day.

The filters do more than just fend off thirst and illness. Without the need for boiling water, families are able to buy or collect less wood and fossil fuels, reducing smoke in the kitchen, and protecting Laos’ beautiful forests from further deforestation.

TerraClear is breaking down the barriers that make clean water access a challenge for rural communities. Creative strategies and community focused education and promotion are allowing TerraClear to change lives a few liters at a time. Through this project, they aim to provide the people of Laos with 100,000 locally-made filters by 2019.

Project impacts/benefits

  • Average 40,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gases saved annually by the project
  • More than 40,000 water filters distributed to date
  • Over 40,000 households benefiting from clean water so far
  • Each filter provides at least 20-30 liters of clean water per day - meeting average daily household consumption needs