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Nigerian NGO produces water filters to increase access to water in rural communities


 A  Nigerian Non Governmental Organization, the Rural Africa Water Development Project (RAWDP) has embarked on the production and distribution of  Mor-sand water filter to rural communities in the Niger Delta, towards increasing access to water.

Mor Sand filters, integrates the combination of coagulation and filtration as effective processes significant in the reduction of the concentration of microorganisms in water. It markedly differs from the ordinary slow-sand filter by its adoption of a Moringa oleifera seed paste layer. This layer offers coagulation, a traditional first unit process in conventional water treatment that is crucial for the removal of impurities in water


The Chief Executive Officer of the NGO, Mr. Joachim Ezeji told that  his organization has so far installed a total of 21,023 filters for local households in various communities in the Niger Delta.

Nigeria’s volatile  Niger Delta comprises — 187 local government areas, with a population of about 30 million peoples, spread over 13,329 communities.

Ezeji said his organization plans to install up to 78,000 Mor-sand filters by 2012. Towards achieving this, the RAWD,  has trained  78 clean water artisans expected to man 78 water filter factories currently being set up in the various communities. Each filter factory will accordingly be supported to manufacture 1000 filters before the end of 2012”.

 According to the Chief Executive Officer, as a means of monitoring progress toward the goals and objectives set for the project; Rural Africa Water Development Project (RAWDP) in collaboration with a multi-stakeholder group that comprised of traditional institutions, government line ministries, Community Based Organizations and community volunteers developed a core set of indicators for effective Monitoring and Evaluation. The objectives of the Monitoring and Evaluation includes the need to measure progress against objectives and performance standards, and to enable accountability to donors, partners and people affected by the project. 

 Mr. Ezeji further expressed appreciation to the  World Bank and the African Development Bank for providing the seed funds so far used in the production and installation of a total of 21,023 filters.