Thanks to your generous support Agua Pura has had a busy spring. One of our goals is to train volunteers and others in modern methods of water testing and water purification so that they can include these procedures in their own programs. Teaching others about the methods and supporting their work greatly increases our impact and helps spread the information to more people.
Recently we received a request from a local community college to help train a group of 20 students going to Nicaragua on a service trip. They would be working in rural communities helping with health and sanitation programs and wanted to know about clean water. On a Saturday before they left we gave them an intensive workshop on how to make simple solar stoves and “rocket stoves”. These stoves are safer to use than open fires and can easily pasteurize water making it safe to drink. Families can also use them to cook healthy meals.
We also trained them in use of water pasteurization indicators (WAPI's). They are small reusable tubes with a special wax inside that melts at a temperature when water is safe to drink. It is not necessary to boil water, only to pasteurize it to make it safe. Using a WAPI can help keep families safe from disease. The students took a number of WAPI's with them to distribute. We're including a table that shows the some of the different pathogens that are killed by pasteurizing water.
WAPI's are also great to have as an emergency backup and for camping trips. If your drinking water is suspect you can heat it until the WAPI shows it's safe to drink. As thanks for being a supporter of Agua Pura, we will send you one at no charge for your use. Send us an email with your address and we'll mail you one.
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