Fondation Merieux

A family foundation dedicated to fighting infectious diseases

Opening of the water quality control laboratory (Cambodia)

21 November 2008, Cambodia

In the frame of an agreement between Fondation Mérieux and the '1001 Fontaines pour demain' NGO, the water quality control laboratory has been successfully launched.

The non gouvernemental organisation '1001 fontaines pour demain' aims to promote the access of clean water for isolated rural communities. '1001 Fontaines pour demain' has experimented a new approach in clean water access by developing a purification process which includes a water treatment station (called UV and solar station). This water treatment station is totally autonomous, enabling small isolated communities to fulfil by themselves their drinking water needs.

This approach is based on making available purified bottled water sold at the lowest cost, giving significant revenue to the operator and his family that also enables to finance the care of the water system.

After pilot projects in three villages in northwestern Cambodia, there were very convincing results. Based on these results, the NGO deployed the solution to a further eight villages, giving a total number of 10,000 beneficiaries. Today, many more 'fountains' will be deployed in Cambodia.

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