The Akugbene Water Filter Project
This case study documents the deployment of biosand water filters to selected households in the Akugbene Community of the Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria. The Akugbene water filter project aims to increase access to clean drinking water, reduce instances of water-borne illnesses, as well as limit local environmental damage caused by the use of fuel wood.
With the support of the community leaders, workshops were carried out for Akugbene’s women residents on the health risks associated with contami- nated water, good sanitation practices, and the local environmental impacts of the use of fuelwood. Based on consultations between the chairman of the community and other community leaders, participation at the workshops and need, 52 women were selected as recipients of the biosand filters. Women were given preference due to their active role in raising children and household management. In addition, households with more children were also given preference.
As the biosand filters were being assembled, the beneficiaries were in- structed on how to assemble them themselves and on maintenance. Instal- lation of a filter is very easy and takes under 30 minutes to complete.
One month following the installation, the project partners surveyed the beneficiaries to monitor the use of the filters and gather information about potential problems. The survey revealed that 98% of households were suc- cessfully using the technology. At two months from the installation date, another monitoring survey was carried out, showing the same positive result. With each household having an average of six members, the total number of people benefitting from the water filters is 312.