•  Projects: 7,453
  •  People Served: 444,325
  •  Countries: 5

Providing clean and living water solutions
in North Africa and southern Asia.

Total Cost: US$ 800

Cambodia Rain Tank Project

In certain part of Cambodia, the groundwater can be contaminated with lethal amounts of arsenic. Sadly, arsenic does not have a taste or smell and many thousands of Cambodians continue to drink unsuspectingly from this unsafe source of water.

The health impacts of prolonged consumption of arsenic contaminated water can include thickening and discoloration of the skin, vomiting, diarrhea, numbness in hands and feet, partial paralysis, and blindness. Arsenic has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver and prostate.

The project is working in villages in Kandal province near the Mekong River. Testing of the water wells in these villages found arsenic levels of over 1000 parts per billion. The USA EPA standard for acceptable drinking water is an arsenic level of 10 parts per billion (PPB). Many families are still drinking arsenic contaminated water due to limited or no safe alternatives.

Treatment or removal of arsenic from the ground water is expensive and difficult to manage in the local villages, therefore the best solution is to drink from alternative sources that are safe. The Household Rain Tank Project focuses on:

• Testing of current hand pumps for levels of arsenic

• Awareness raising and educating families on the risks of drinking from contaminated water wells, with a goal of changing behavior.

• Families are given the option of contributing to the cost of a 4000 liter rain tank. Rainwater is an improved water source that is readily available at the home, and is a better option compared to arsenic contaminated wells, surface water (contamination, distance) or buying water from a vendor (quality and cost).

Our goal in 2017 is to educate and provide 150 families with their own 4000 liter rain tank. In the past 3 years, we’ve been able to help over 500 families to now have access to a safe source and education on the risk of drinking from groundwater contaminated with arsenic.

We’d welcome your support in funding a rain tank for a family. We will send you a complete report of the project with GPS location, photos and stories of your impact.

Thank you for your support in improving access to safe water and for empowering our local partner to love, serve and reach the community.