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Bio-Sand Filters in Himachal Pradesh

Social Awareness through Human Development (SATHI), Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh

Contact: Dr. Anil Kumar

Dates: February 2022 – January 2025

Total Budget: Rs. 1,002,000

2023 Budget: Rs. 334,000

During the second year of this project, SATHI has manufactured and distributed 60 Bio-Sand Filters (BSF) to families in 5 remote villages in the Nahan block, Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh. This brings the total of 120 BSF provided to the needy families during the first 2 years of this project. The overall project is designed to provide BSF to 180 families in 20 villages over the 3-year period.

As in the first year of the project, village level meetings and “Awareness and Training Camps” were held in the new target villages to educate the people about the health benefits provided by water filtration through use of BSF. Some basic information about the filter construction, its installation and the ease of maintaining it was also provided.

Educational material and posters / stickers also were provided to each beneficiary to highlight the benefits of a BSF, the directions for its use, and the phone number for technical assistance, if needed.

Follow-up monthly / quarterly visits to the beneficiary families were also conducted to ensure that the filters are being used and maintained properly and to correct any problems, if required. The data showed that the people are very happy with the quality of the water coming out of the filters and they are using them every day.

2022 Progress Report   2023 Progress Report

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