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Fresh water filtration in Seikkyi Island

LOCATIONSeikkyi Island, MyanmarDRIVEN BYAllan Toole

Seikkyi Island sits in the middle of one of Myanmar's busiest and most polluted waterways, with almost no access to fresh water. Australian plumber Allan Toole, with the support of the Reece Grant, went to Seikkyi to install more than 100 bio-sand filters (BSFs), a cheap and effective means of water filtration.


Allan is the director of Living Water Development which he started after many years as a plumber. He and his team had previously visited Seikkyi to install 20 BSFs, but they saw a deeper need in the community. He returned with resources for 80–100 filters and an educational program to help up-skill the local community in both managing the BSFs and broader sanitation and hygiene practices.


The BSFs are relatively easy to install, maintain and even manufacture. Allan hopes to help the locals build BSF manufacturing facilities that they'll manage themselves. The filters generate about 12–18 litres of drinkable water an hour; that's enough water for 140 people every day.

The incredible by-product of the project is the sense of hope that comes out of it.

Allan Toole


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