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Spring Protection for Ethiopian Community

Spring Protection for Ethiopian Community


Spring Protection Project

A spring can be easily contaminated by surface water in high-traffic areas. By digging draining trenches and implementing layers of gravel and clay, the spring can be protected from surface contaminants and remain a source of safe, drinkable water for the community.

Facts & Stats





Fall 2019


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“663 million people in the world live without clean water.”

Project Details

The Need

In Ethiopia, charity: water works with the local arm of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), with whom they fund Community Led WASH initiatives in the Sidama Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR). With IRC, charity: water works in some of the least served areas where cholera is widespread — largely as a result of unsanitary water. With your help, we’d like to change that.

Charity: water’s local partner IRC, has programs that reach roughly 3 million people a year. Nearly one third of IRC programming is focused on Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).

Since beginning their work in Ethiopia in 2007, charity: water has served 2,179,744 people, allowing for a decrease in water collection time and disease and an increase in education, gender equality, and household income. And we would like your support to bring clean and safe drinking water to more people across the country.

The Solution

A spring protection system is built into an excavated plot of land. Water is collected in the catchment area, and then it flows through a layer of gravel and stones, which holds back the surrounding soils.

The filtration chamber is designed to settle out sediment, and allows the community to check the amount and quality of water that’s flowing through the system.

Water then flows downstream from the filtration chamber through the spring box before the community is able to safely collect the naturally filtered water.

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The information regarding this project was provided to Avana® by charity: water. While the information contained within this website is periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in this website is correct, complete, and up-to-date.

Due to the nature of the project, stage of completion and privacy concerns for project recipients, some photographs, diagrams and other depictions on this site may be illustrative and not representative of the actual project.