New Initiative to Bring Clean Water to Rwanda
750,000 families will receive water filters and high-efficiency cook stoves
Approximately 750,000 rural households in Rwanda’s Western province will receive water filters and high-efficiency cook stoves for home use. DelAgua Health is running the project in partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Health and the Rwandan Environmental Management Authority. DelAgua is being assisted by Manna Energy Ltd., which pioneered carbon-financed water treatment.
The campaign will begin with pilot projects in May 2012, culminating in a full rollout over 6 weeks in 2013. This is a $70 million, 20-year project. Both the stoves and filters will be distributed free of charge by DelAgua Health. The devices will be maintained as necessary from a local facility, which will ultimately manufacture stoves, for use in Rwanda and for export. Every three years, the filters will be replaced. Every five years, the stoves will be replaced. Health education and technical support will be provided for the duration of the project.
The deployment in Rwanda’s Western Province will benefit 2.2 million people and includes a household scale water treatment system that addresses microbiological contamination, and a high-efficiency cook stove that will reduce indoor air pollution and fuel use. Neither system requires electricity.
This project is an investment in the public health and future of Rwanda, and will directly employ several thousand Rwandans during deployment, and several hundred during annual monitoring, education and maintenance activities.
DelAgua Health will work with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Colorado at Boulder and Portland State University to conduct controlled research studies on the project. These are independent studies, which are designed to examine the technology adoption, behavior change and public health impacts.