Video by Linnea Anderson, ’12
By George Culver, ’12
Q&A with Suzanne Livingston, Friendly Water for the World
What is your mission?
(Taken from Friendly Water for the World website)The Mission of Friendly Water for the World is to expand access to low-cost clean water technologies and information about health and sanitation to people in need of them. We provide opportunities for Quakers and those of other faiths and traditions to partner with individuals and communities working to improve living conditions around the world, and to learn from each other.
What is a biofilter?
(Taken from Friendly Water for the World website) The Biosand Water Filter is a low-cost, appropriate household technology that can remove 95-99% of bacteria and viruses from the water supply, as well as some metals such as arsenic, iron, and manganese, and worms and cysts. It is a proven method for preventing typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and other waterborne diseases.
How much does it cost to make a filter?
The Raw material cost is about $12. The entire filter takes about $50 to make. Several fundraising methods are adopted to raise the money.
Favorite Quote of the Interview:
Suzanne: “I think it’s God’s way of cleaning water.”
How can PLU students get involved?
Students can find more way to get involved by visiting Friendlywaterfor world.com There are also summer training sessions for students to make bio-water filters.