In Laos, a study found that 86.3% of people had e. coli in their household drinking water, indicating a risk of diarrhea and other waterborne diseases. Although a significant portion of the population treats water by boiling using wood or charcoal to make it safe for drinking, many families cannot afford the time to gather firewood or purchase charcoal and are forced to continue drinking unsafe water. This project helps provide ceramic water purifiers that remove microorganisms from water by gravity filtration through porous ceramics, with a typical flow rate of up to 55 liters per day.
Ceramic filters have been distributed
Metric tons of carbon reduced per year
- Reduces illness, child and adult morbidity, and mortality.
- Increases productivity by decreasing the amount of time and money spent on gathering firewood and purchasing charcoal.
- Provides access to safe drinking water to over 300,000 people through the manufacture and distribution of more than 70,000 purifiers.
Gold Standard was established in 2003 to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions featured the highest levels of environmental integrity and also contributed to sustainable development. With the adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, they launched a best practice standard for climate and sustainable development interventions, Gold Standard for the Global Goals, to maximize impact, creating value for people around the world and the planet we share.