In this week’s episode, Nourishing the Planet research intern, Elena Davert, introduces a counter-intuitive method of cleaning water. In 2004 Peter Njodzeka founded the Life and Water Development Group Cameroon (LWDGC) with a rather simple goal. “ I wanted to see the people in my area have clean water,” he said. “And we kept expanding. That’s how it started.” Now, LWDGC, with support from Engineers without Borders (EWB) and Thirst Relief International, is teaching households how to use dirt and bacteria to clean their water, greatly improving the quality of drinking water and all but eliminating diseases caused by contaminated water.
To read more about innovations that help to bring clean water to communities, improving health and livelihoods, see: Using Dirt to Make Water Clean.
- Innovation of the Week: Using Dirt to Make Water Clean
- UN Declaration: Access to Clean Water and Sanitation is a Human Right
- For Many Women, Improved Access to Water is About More than Having Something to Drink
- Nourishing the Planet TV: Funding a Blue Revolution
- Innovation of the Week: Access to Water Improves Quality of Life for Women and Children
- Meet the Nourishing the Planet Advisory Group: Norman Uphoff
- Meet the Nourishing the Planet Advisory Group: Chris Reij
- Making Change in Africa