Water:NEWSAN plans to sensitise communities on Bio-filtration methods

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The Network for Civil Society for Water and Sanitation (NEWSAN) says the organisation has set out plans to sensitise Niger Delta communities on bio-filtration methods of water purification.

Mr David Akuta, the NEWSAN Programmes Manager, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.

Akuta explained that bio-filtration is a technology that could be used in individual homes to purify water as dirty as flood water.

The programmes manager said bio-filtration method was the best for the Niger Delta areas given the geographical conditions of the region.

He said NEWSAN staff in the Niger Delta zones had been trained on this technology and that they would further train those in their communities.

“We have just concluded a workshop and training course for our members in Warrri on bio-filtration and water sanitation methods, which will be quite helpful for people in the area.

“Bio-filtration is just clean technology and appropriate for household use; so it was really a success and we hope to scale it up to other parts of the country.”

He said that the organisation was going into partnership with an international agency called International Medical Corp (IMC) with a view to driving their sanitation component to the grassroots.

Akuta told NAN that the Partnership for Initiative in the Niger Delta (PIND) was piloting the project in the area of making the bio-filtration equipment available to the masses in the Niger Delta.

He said PIND would also extend the project to other parts of the country.

According to him, NEWSAN plans to partner with the government in actualising the project and at subsidised rate.