News 2011

Going Green with Solar Water Purification Systems in Khammouane province

In April 2011, Sunlabob completed the installation of Solar Water Purification Systems (SWPS) at 5 villages in Khammouane province, Maharxay District.

The project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is a result of a joint cooperation between the Lao Institute of Renewable energy (LIRE) and Sunlabob. The GEF Small Grants Programme promotes sustainable development by channeling financial and technical support directly to NGOs for activities that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods. LIRE has long been implementing such activities and together with its partner, Sunlabob, have brought green energy to a whole new level in Laos.

In Laos, only half of the population has access to safe drinking water. Lack of access to clean water contributes to keeping whole communities in poverty and causes serious illnesses such as diarrhoea, the biggest cause of child death in Laos today.

Combining state-of-the-art technology and an innovative operational model, Sunlabob’s SWPS addresses this issue. The system provides technology to supply clean drinking water in communities where traditional solutions cannot be applied.

The installation at Khammouane province is a complete package comprising of solar water pumps, purification systems in purification houses, and training of Village Technicians and Village Water Committees. Sunlabob also tested the water and ensured that it was up to standards before conducting hygiene training session for the villagers.

With the installation of the SWPS, approximately 3960 villagers now have access to clean, affordable drinking water. Previously, villagers had to collect firewood or purchase charcoal to boil the water, resulting in several hours lost a day collecting firewood. Moreover, the burning of firewood also gave off harmful fumes. With the SWPS, carbon dioxide emission is reduced significantly as burning of firewood is no longer needed.

The SWPS reduces threats to the environment, and helps combat climate change by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

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