CITC is pleased to report that the construction of a water filtration system has been completed at Bakhapalam Secondary school in the remote Solukhumbu region of Nepal. The project will provide clean, safe drinking water for the children at the school to use freely.

Generally, the villages in the mountains of Nepal don’t have systematic and structured water distribution systems, with most villagers consuming water from the nearest accessible source. Previously, the school’s water supply was from a source around 1.5km away, a polythene pipe was buried underground from the source to the school and there was no proper water reserve or filtration system installed in between. Inefficient management of water is one of Nepal’s major causes of epidemics such as diarrhoea, dysentery and other water borne diseases. During rainy season the water has a high level of turbidity (cloudiness of the water caused by pollutants), compromising the quality with contamination including faecal waste, making it dangerous to drink.

The installation of the new water filtration system includes and on site filter system, 3 thousand litre tanks for filtered water collection and a 500 litre tank at the source for the distribution of water to the school. This will provide safe drinking water, benefiting over 400 students.