Grant provides clean water after Mount Merapi eruption in Indonesia
Mar 29, 2011
On the international observance of World Water Day, March 22, Susila Dharma Indonesia and Planet Water Foundation announced their collaboration with J.P. Morgan to deliver clean water to victims of the volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi in October 2010. Using funding from a grant provided by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Susila Dharma Indonesia and Planet Water Foundation worked together to install water filtration systems at five locations in affected communities around Mount Merapi, enabling local residents to access clean water for the first time since the catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi began.
The filtration systems will produce up to 10,000 liters of potable water per day by removing bacteria and other harmful contaminants. Each unit will supply the local community with clean water for many years and requires minimal maintenance.
Installation of the first water tower at Kintelan Elementary School was completed in December 2010. The installation of the remaining four towers at four other elementary schools was completed on March 18, 2011. Planet Water’s education program on Water-Health & Hygiene was also implemented to ensure that children in each school understand the importance of good hygiene practices.
Susila Dharma Indonesia is a non-governmental organization founded to coordinate and support social and humanitarian projects in Indonesia.
Planet Water Foundation works to alleviate waterborne disease, illness, and death by providing access to clean drinking water and improved sanitation facilities in the world’s most disadvantaged communities. Their work is targeted toward schools and rural villages with sustainable solutions combined with educational programs on water-health and hygiene.