Clean water has been installed at a medical treatment centre in Sierra Leone! In November 2014 we dispatched six LIFESAVER C2 water filtration units through the UK Department of International Development (DFID) to Sierra Leone, supporting their International efforts in combating the impact of the Ebola virus.
Yesterday (26.02.2015) we received this image of one of the LIFESAVER C2’s at the Police Training School 2 in Hastings, Western Area Rural in Sierra Leone, an area heavily affected by the Ebola virus. The C2 was installed and implemented on the ground by Concern Worldwide and the Ministries of Water and Health at a medical treatment centre. The C2 unit, connected to a header tank enables clean safe water to be dispensed from the LIFESAVER anytime of day without the need for power, chemicals or UV light. The water supplied can be used for drinking, washing and cooking for both Ebola patients, and those with other medical conditions.
Water requirement for ebola patient
Published on 12 Nov 2014 by UNICEF:
"For each Ebola patient to be fully cared for, we need at least 150 litres of water. That is 10 times what a normal Liberian gets as of now".
The response from the ground
An early assessment of the installation has been sent through by Concern Worldwide WASH Engineer in Sierra Leone. Paul Johnston who said:
“I was informed yesterday (25/02/2015) that the unit has been working well and that the staff are very satisfied with it so I believe it is of great benefit to enable easy access to clean and safe water at the treatment centre: Police Training School 2 in Hastings, Western Area Rural, Sierra Leone”.
The C2 capability
The LIFESAVER C2 is capable of delivering 2 million litres of clean water, which if used by a community of 100 (each person drinking 3 litres of water a day) would last 18 years and 6 months before replacement cartridges are required. If all of a communities water requirements were sought (15 litres a day per person), the C2 would operate for 3 years and 8 months.
We are supporting Race to Zero, a campaign fighting to eliminate all cases of the Ebola virus. Our hopes are that the C2 becomes an integral supply of clean water for continued community use beyond the initial Ebola response.