These are some of the questions that blueEnergy’s Vladymir Pao and Jayne Richards are currently trying to answer.
|Jayne interviewing a beneficiary in Kahkabila about the use and maintenance of his biosand filter|
Vladymir, originally from Bonanza in the north-east of Nicaragua, and a graduate of Ecology from the Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University (BICU), runs the social component of blueEnergy’s Water and Sanitation Program. Jayne, an Environmental Engineer from Australia has been volunteering in the Water and Sanitation Team since November 2011, working on this project as well as blueEnergy’s sanitation program.
|Vladymir and incubated water samples from Bluefields|
“This study is very useful to blueEnergy," says Vladymir. "It will provide us with extensive baseline data on the distribution and severity of groundwater contamination in Bluefields and two surrounding communities, as well as a greater understanding of what our beneficiaries think of their filters and how they are actually using them. The results of the water quality analysis also allow us to tell our beneficiaries with confidence that their filters are working very effectively and give them more confidence in the technology."
“In Bluefields," Jayne says, "we are finding that the filters are very effective at treating contaminated water but we are also finding some cases of re-contamination after the filtration. This re-contamination is likely due to poor hygiene practices, and highlights the need to continue to promote important hygiene messages during follow up visits after the beneficiary’s initial training session.”
|Vladymir and Jayne counting the bacterial colonies in incubated water samples|
|Measuring the turbidity of filtered water in Kahkabila|
Stay tuned to BlueNews to find out the final results of this study later this year!