The 27th NIMR Annual Joint Scientific Conference and Symposium on ‘Water, Sanitation And Hygiene (WASH)’ was held from the 16th-19th April 2013 at the SnowCrest Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania. During the four day symposium, there were many presentations and displays on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS). NIMR showcased technologies and products that were involved in its year long study evaluating effectiveness and acceptance of water treatment options. The SWCEA ceramic water filter was among the products being studied for that purpose, and we are happy to have learned that more than 80% of the households who were given the SWCEA ceramic water filter to use for 5 weeks as part of the study were satisfied with its ease of use and efficiency in removing bacteria from the water. The final report on that study will be released in early July of this year.
Kim was glad to meet with Robert Mussa from the office of NIMR in Dar Es Salaam and with Mohamed Hussein from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health of the School of Public Health and Social Sciences at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The University harbors the laboratories where the ceramic water filter was thoroughly tested for a long period of time and approved by the government. A new and larger receptacle bucket was also designed for the study, which will be useful for larger communities such as schools or children’s homes.
We, at Safe Water Ceramics of East Africa, are glad to bring a safe and effective product to the communities in order to reduce waterborne diseases. As an NGO, SWCEA has always tested its filters at the St Luke’s Foundation in Moshi, Tanzania. Every filter is also tested internally at the factory site. We are confident in our product and our customers are satisfied. We hope to reach a larger number of households in the future for the cause.