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Community Water Project

Tags: potable water, disaster risk mitigation, social services, deep wells, resilience, climate change


Potable water supply in many areas in the Philippines, especially in third class or worse-off municipalities, is inaquate and unreliable. Disasters could exacerbate the situation, leaving people (especially the poor) to fend for themselves and aggravating their health vulnerabilities.

A community water project could help remedy the situation and serve as a measure to mitigate the effects of disasters. It also complements existing municipal water infrastructure.

Kids hauling potable water post-TS Basyang (Feb 2018) in Mainit, Surigao del Norte (photo credit: Mia Salino-Beltran):

Deep Well

A well of about 100-feet (or more) in depth, done by duly accedited driller; water is drawn manually or by solar power or by some mechanical device.

Power Supply

Single or redundant.

  • Manual (using jetmatic pump)
  • Solar
  • “Play” - parallel pumping mechanism integrated in play or workout machines like seesaw, stationary bike, etc.


  • stainless tank
  • plastic tank (fiber glass, polyethylene, polypropylene)
  • ferro-cement
  • concrete
  • activated carbon filter
  • UV lights
  • chlorine or iodine
  • reverse osmosis
  • slow sand
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