Ud­zorong Cen­tral School re­ceives wa­ter fil­tra­tion unit

Business Bhutan - - Nation - Jigme Wangchen

Ud­zorong Cen­tral School in Trashigang re­cently re­ceived a sky hy­drant wa­ter fil­tra­tion unit from Dis­as­ter Aid Aus­tralia (DAA) the in­stal­la­tion works of which were car­ried out by the Ro­tary club of Thim­phu.

Vice Prin­ci­pal of Ud­zorong Cen­tral School said that the wa­ter fil­tra­tion unit would en­sure clean and safe drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply to the stu­dents.

“Oth­er­wise in sum­mer, clean drink­ing wa­ter used to be scarce,” he said, “Ear­lier with­out a proper wa­ter source, many stu­dents would suf­fer from wa­ter-re­lated dis­eases.”

Sky hy­drant wa­ter fil­tra­tion units are de­signed us­ing patented low cost, low main­te­nance, long-life ul­tra fil­tra­tion tech­nol­ogy.

The sys­tems are suit­able for sup­ply­ing safe drink­ing wa­ter in re­mote lo­ca­tions us­ing both sur­face and ground wa­ter sup­plies.

Each sky hy­drant wa­ter fil­tra­tion unit costs AUD 13,000.

By April, three more schools in the coun­try: Dam­phu Cen­tral School in Tsir­ang, Kabesa Mid­dle Sec­ondary School in Pu­nakha and Phuntshopelri Pri­mary School in Samtse will re­ceive sim­i­lar wa­ter fil­tra­tion units in­clud­ing Bhutan Am­a­teur Ath­letic Fed­er­a­tion sports ground in Lungten­phu, Thim­phu.

Ro­tary club sec­re­tary Yeshey dorji said that the wa­ter fil­tra­tion sys­tem will en­sure clear, safe and dis­in­fected wa­ter as it re­moves bac­te­ria, pro­to­zoa and pathogens.

So far, six schools have re­ceived the in­dus­trial sized fil­ters across the coun­try.

Yeshey dorji added that the sky hy­drant fil­tra­tion units are light-weight and easy to trans­port, re­quires no power to op­er­ate and can be set up and run by a non-tech­ni­cal per­son.

The Ro­tary club of Thim­phu has also in­vited the founder of DAA to visit Bhutan and see how ef­fec­tively the club has im­ple­mented his do­na­tions across the coun­try.

With the visit, the club hopes that the agency will do­nate more fil­ters through which schools in Bhutan will have ac­cess to clean and safe drink­ing wa­ter.

“Four new sky hy­drant wa­ter fil­tra­tion units will ar­rive in the coun­try by end of March 2018,” said Yeshey Dorji.

Ud­zorong Cen­tral School has 650 stu­dents.

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