UNICEF sets up filtration units in Cachar district for drinking water
GUWAHATI: About 1.3 million people including 3,93,758 children and 4,69,600 women from 1,344 villages in 24 districts of Assam have been affected by the floods.
UNICEF is working on the ground in close coordination with respective governments and humanitarian partners to scale up its responses and meet the immediate needs of affected children and their families.
“Clean and safe drinking water is the basic need of the hour, as floodwaters submerged homes and villages in Cachar district, one of the most affected in the state. To ensure safe access to safe drinking water for vulnerable populations, UNICEF Assam, DDMA Cachar and partner Oxfam India have installed four filtration units – two units are deployed in Katigorah Revenue Circle, one in Silchar town and the fourth at Sonai Revenue Circle. The units can produce 700 to 1000 liters of water per hour. Each unit can meet the needs of 100 to 150 households (4,500 to 6,750 people) living within 500 meters of the unit, for basic needs such as cooking and hygiene,” a statement from the agency reads. ‘UNICEF.
He added: “We are working closely with DDMA and PHED in site planning, coordination and identification. Running costs such as fuel, boat, etc. were supported by DDMA, while our partner, Oxfam India, operates the system.
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“It was on June 9, 2022 that the first AquaPlus 700 filtration unit was installed in the village of Rajeshwarpur 2 and a group of six women were trained in the installation, operation and maintenance of the unit. A Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Committee has been established to promote safe drinking water and hygiene behaviors in the village,” said Dr Madhulika Jonathan, Head of Field Office of the ‘UNICEF Assam.
Technical information on the AquaPlus 700 CL water treatment system:
The system draws water from an available source. The water passes through a pre-filter candle which can filter out particles and microorganisms down to 5 microns in size.
The filtered water is then passed through a 0.23 micron ultra-membrane filter candle. The water is treated using in-line chlorination which ensures that it is safe for consumption.
The system can be operated manually and using Honda pumps. The current system uses a Honda fuel pump.
It is a suitable water treatment system with backwashing and cartridge candle cleaning capability, which lasts up to 125,000 liters of water.
Capacity and coverage of homes:
This system can take raw water with a turbidity level of 100 NTU and produce 700 to 1000 liters of water per hour, depending on the turbidity level of the water.
It has the ability to produce treated water with