The Bangladesh Project identifies, develops and supports micro drinking water businesses owned and operated by local entrepeneurs that provide affordable drinking water to their communities. The focus is on the rural and peri-urban areas of Bangladesh where there are serious arsenic contamination and salinity problems with existing tube wells.
Dr. Phil Rolchigo, Vice President of Technology at Pentair
By setting up drinking water microenterprises that can operate financially independent businesses, the project intends to prove that Bangladesh’s rural residents will be willing to pay for arsenic-free water.
The Flow Through Capacitor (FTC), an innovative, low-cost and environmentally friendly deionization technology, was selected as the most effective option for treating arsenic contaminated water. FTC based systems produce drinking water by removing contaminating ions from the water. Depending on the quality of the raw water. FTC can meet WHO and Bangladesh standards. It is a unique desalination technology for brackish water treatment and thus far the only technology that can eliminate most of the major contaminants present in the groundwater of Bangladesh.
Project Safewater's goals in Bangladesh are:
As the project develops, formal results will be presented. The following is based on our current implementation rate: