Bringing Clean Drinking Water to 5000 KERALA FLOOD AFFECTED VICTIMS

Project Location

Project History 

From 9 August 2018, severe floods affected the south Indian state of Kerala, due to unusually high rainfall during the monsoon season. About a million people were evacuated, mainly from Chengannur, Pandanad, Edanad, Aranmula, Kozhencherry, Ayiroor, Ranni, Pandalam, Kuttanad, Malappuram, Aluva, and Chalakudy, N.Paravur, Chendamangalam, Eloor and few places in Vypin Island and in few places of Palakkad. The Indian government had declared it a Level 3 Calamity, or “calamity of a severe nature”.

Due to mass scale destruction, the water infrastructure was severely affected, rendering thousands of people helpless and without adequate access to clean drinking water. PakVitae’s community filter served as disaster relief and a ray of hope as it through its efficient membrane technology and simple operation, it served as a cheap and effective point of use (POU) water filtration system providing relief and clean drinking water to the flood-affected victims.

Major Challenges

  • The supply of water, they primarily rely on three hand-operated wells and a borehole.
  • Underground water table is polluted with fecal contamination and is unfit for drinking purposes
  • Open defecation
  • Poor hygiene practices, filthy jerrycans and containers and dirty ambiance

  • Shallow depth the water from the wells carries a high amount of particulate matter

  • 90% of the settlement lack access to electricity
  • So, the wells and the borehole are operated mechanically
  • Leading to shortage in the supply of water to cater to needs of 5000 refugees
  • Water contaminated with bacteria and pathogens is causing water born illnesses such as Diarrhea, Cholera, Dysentery, and Typhoid
  • Due to the presence of particulate matter cases of kidney stones especially in the children of ages 1-12 have also been reported

Memories from Kerala Flood


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