Assam floods: UNICEF sets up filtration units in Cachar district for safe drinking water

Assam Floods: UNICEF installs filtration units at Cachar District for safe drinking water

GUWAHATI: Floods have affected approximately 1.3 million people. This includes 3,93,758 children from Assam and 4,69,600 mothers. The floods reached 1344 villages in 24 districts.

UNICEF has been on the ground, working closely with the governments and humanitarian partners in order to support affected families and children.

“Clean and safe drinking water is the basic need of the hour, as flood waters have submerged homes and villages in Cachar district, one of the worst impacted in the state. To ensure safe access to drinking water to vulnerable populations, UNICEF Assam along with DDMA Cachar and partner Oxfam India have installed four filtration units – two units are deployed in Katigorah Revenue Circle, one in Silchar town and the fourth in Sonai Revenue Circle. These units produce between 700 and 1000 litres per hour. Each unit can cater to 100-150 households (4,500-6,750 people) living within 500 meters of the unit, for basic needs such as cooking and hygiene,” a UNICEF statement stated.

It added: “We are working closely with DDMA and PHED in planning, coordination and site identification. The running costs such as fuel, boat etc have been borne by DDMA, while our partner, Oxfam India is operating the system.”

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“It was on 9 June 2022 that the first AquaPlus 700 Filtration unit was installed in Rajeshwarpur 2 village and a group of six women were trained on installation, functioning and maintenance of the unit. A committee on water, sanitation and hygiene was created to promote safe water and hygiene behaviours in the village,” said Dr Madhulika Jonathan, chief of field office, UNICEF Assam.

Information about AquaPlus 700 CL water treatment system:

The system takes water from an accessible source. Water is passed through a prefiltration candle, which can filter micro-organisms and particles up to 5 micron.

After the water has been filtered, it is passed through an ultra-membrane candle with a 0.23 micron diameter. It is then treated with online chlorination to make sure it’s safe to drink.

This system is manual or can be used with Honda Pumps. Current system utilizes a Honda Petrol Pump.

This water treatment system is ideal for treating water with backwash. It can also be used to clean cartridge candles. The water tank will last up to 125,000 litres.

Capacity, household coverage

The system can handle raw water of any turbidity of 100 NTU. This water treatment plant produces 700-1000 litres of water an hour.

It has the capacity of producing treated water of <5 NTU turbidity and a log 6 removal of harmful bacteria.