Q: just curious looking at these water pics…what filtration system do you guys use? Is the water bottle just a container or do you drink kuligen at home?
The water bottle that you see is in fact a Culligan bottle, but an old one. We believe in practicing what we teach, which means that the only water that we drink and use for cooking in our home is from the same filters that we produce in our ministry. If we aren’t willing to use it why should we expect others to?
In the picture you can see Olivia playing in a basin of water in front of our filter. It’s one of the granddaddys in the filter world weighing in at over 300lbs before the sand and gravel were put in it. Chris has helped or been responsible for two redesigns since that model that have reduced the filter size. I’m pretty proud of him for that, especially considering that the first redesign is the commonly accepted Biosand filter design worldwide. The most recent design was just done early this year and Matt is just finalizing the technical drawings so that they can be sent around the filter community and hopefully adopted because they reduce the needed materials for production and installation.
Our particular filter is 7 years old. We use it every single day. That’s the only drinking water that we and any mission guest ever drink. We don’t make special water runs for those that are visiting. Never. And, we never get sick from our water. We have a well on site that we know is contaminated simply because it’s shallow and we see what falls into it. We have only ever added a few drops of bleach to filtered water for about 3 days when Olivia first came home. Since then we haven’t worried about it and she has only ever had a 24 hour stomach flu that was just going around the area.
Next to the filter in the picture is one of our Culligan bottles on a bottle tipper. We teach that catching containers need to have a small opening at the top to help stop cross contamination. It’s easy for little hands and things to get into buckets if they aren’t watched. Olivia has already developed a fascination with the water bottle and the funnel that usually sits in the top of it. The tipper usually sits right under the filter spout – what the water in the above picture is dripping out of. The water goes right into the bottle. If we need water for cooking, we just tip the tipper and fill up the pot or bowl.
Our drinking water gets put on the water cooler that you saw in the Whirling Dervish post. We used to put jugs of water in the fridge, but found that it was more power efficient to run a water cooler on a timer from 8 am to 8 pm than it was to continually be opening the fridge for water and cooling what was just put in. Chris is all about power conservation and I’m thankful, especially when it means I can run a fan on high all night long.
If you would like more info on the Biosand filter and what we do at the mission I would encourage you to visit the mission website at www.cleanwaterforhaiti.org. If you click on the picture of the filter on the home page it’ll take you to a page that shows a cross cut of the filter so you can see how it’s put together and understand more of how it works.
Any more questions? Please send them my way. We love to share what we’re doing with people and show them that there are some very simple, effective technologies out there that can make a world of difference in the life of a family.