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Kenya Clean Water Project

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Hydraid filters cut CO2 emissions and provide safe drinking water for families and communities.

Carbon Project Type: Greenhouse Gas-Reducing Water Purification
Location: Siaya and Bondo, Kenya, Africa
Year: 2012
Volume: 100,000 metric tons
Standard: The Gold Standard

In rural Kenya, waterborne illness is a leading cause of death for young children, and untreated water is dangerous to people of all ages. Many Kenyans have to make a daily choice: use polluting woodstoves to purify their water or risk serious ailments.

Wood is unsustainably harvested to boil water in Kenya, so burning it contributes to climate change by unlocking the carbon stored in the wood. It also creates significant indoor air pollution. But the Hydraid® BioSand water filter is a safe and practical alternative. It uses centuries-old slow sand technology to remove waterborne pathogens with simple gravity.

By purchasing Help Build™ carbon offsets, you will provide upfront funding for the installation of these water filters—reducing greenhouse gas pollution and bringing clean air and water to families across Kenya.

Project Details

Approximately 2,000 filters will be provided to households that boil water for purification in the villages of Siaya and Bondo.

With a fully formed bacteria layer and proper use, Hydraid® filters remove 99.999% of parasites, 90%-99.9% of bacteria and 80%-99.9% of viruses from contaminated drinking water. Training in sanitation and hygiene will precede the distribution of the filters. Installation is easy, and there are no moving parts to repair or replace. In addition, no electricity or plumbing is required because the filtration units are gravity fed.

Following a recent trip to the area, NativeEnergy’s Kirsten McKnight said, “It was exciting to visit the homes where our water filters will be installed, knowing we are  helping to transform the health of many of these families. It’s a natural progression of our mission to start bringing the community benefits of our carbon projects to the developing world."

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