Clean drop for vil­lage

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Careers In Construction -

NES­TLED in the shadow of Mt Agung, Bali, the re­mote com­mu­nity of Ten­ganan re­ceives lit­tle rain­fall.

Its pop­u­la­tion of 4000 rely on a river for their lim­ited wa­ter sup­ply, one which is used by up­stream vil­lages as a toi­let, a drink­ing hole for cat­tle, and a place to wash their mo­tor­cy­cle en­gines.

En­ter the Ten­ganan Wa­ter Sup­ply Project.

An ini­tia­tive of the En­gi­neers With­out Borders pro­gram, a group of Aus­tralian- based vol­un­teers are in the fi­nal stages of de­sign­ing a fil­tra­tion sys­tem to make the wa­ter fit for drink­ing and bathing, and to in­crease the amount avail­able to the com­mu­nity.

Project man­ager Katie Third says the fil­ter will en­able a greater qual­ity of life for the res­i­dents: ‘‘ They don’t have enough wa­ter to shower and wash - there are a lot of skin dis­eases. It’s just enough for them to cook with, there’s no wa­ter for any busi­ness or de­vel­op­ment.’’

A Perth- based waste wa­ter process en­gi­neer for Sin­clair Knight Merz, Third ded­i­cates about four hours each week to the vol­un­tary project.

While the vol­un­teers de­signed the project and will su­per­vise the con­struc­tion, most of the work will be done by Ten­ganan res­i­dents.

‘‘ It’s re­ally im­por­tant that we get the lo­cals to build it be­cause part of the pro­gram is build­ing ca­pac­ity in the com­mu­nity to build their own in­fra­struc­ture,’’ Third says.

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