Mr. Griffith demonstrating to reporters how the aquafilter is used

ABOUT 1.4 MILLION children die every year from diarrhoea as a result of unclean water and poor sanitation, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and Water Aid.

According to the WHO/UNICEF report, over 884 million people in the world had no access to safe water.

Nevertheless, experts were of the view that the most effective means of curbing diarrhoea and other water borne diseases worldwide was the prioritization of water and sanitation issues.

Safe Water Trust Ltd, an NGO has as part of its social responsibility introduced a membrane filter system for water treatment.

At a press conference in Accra Tuesday, John Griffith and his wife Jane, a retired engineer and teacher respectively, said they had brought in several aquafilters with assorted emergency materials to distribute freely to some needed communities.

With the intention of reducing the menace in Ghana, Mr. Griffith explained the uniqueness of the aquafilters which he said was a water filtration system developed to meet the needs of people who lacked clean water.

He added that the aquafilters had been successfully tested in Africa, India, and South America.

?The first filters have been in use for over four years with no loss of performance,? he noted.

 ?Without using electricity, it pumps between 200 to 300 liters per hour (over 25 buckets per hour) of 99.9% bacteria-free water delivered by hand pumping. It can also fit into an aqua box and weighs 16kg,? he said.

He explained that filling the gaps in the provision of safe drinking water was essential, adding that the aquafilter was useful when water supply from water harvesting or piped supplies was not reliably up to standard.

Mr. Griffith said the Safe Water Trust, supported by Cleadon and the district Rotary Club, developed the aquafilter adding that the two organizations had been working together to produce the Aquafilter Family which fits into an Aqua box together with other aid items.

Fredrick Frimpong, Co-director of Sarlomay Volunteers Group, a company partnering Safe Water Trust in an interview with DAILY GUIDE noted that more than 3,000 aquafilters were already in use.

He explained that the product had many benefits as the water comes out clear and can be stored safely.

?Although it removes bacteria, viruses, and turbidity, no chlorine is in the treatment making the taste unaffected,? said Mr. Frimpong.?

 By Stella Danso Addai

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