Ceramic Water Filters Program Overview
Potters Without Borders (PWB), as a member of the International Network to Promote Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage of the World Health Organization, is dedicated to meeting UN Millennium Development Goal 7, Target 10: To halve the number of people without access to clean drinking water by the year 2015.
Our mission involves the reduction of waterborne disease by fostering the worldwide growth of ceramic water filter facilities. We believe that this technology is an effective tool for water purification, by populations drinking water from contaminated sources. (surface water, stored water…)
We pursue our mission by training our partners to manufacture a proven, affordable, ceramic water filter that removes microbiological contaminants from polluted water.
What we do
People and organizations contact Potters Without Borders (PWB) seeking to become connected to the ceramic water filter community. We have over 11 years of involvement with ceramic water filters, and have been providing free assistance to new and growing filter factories around the world. We also arrange for technicians to provide in-person consultation for factory feasibility, training, setup, and troubleshooting. We have seen first hand what works and, fortunately, we’ve also learned what doesn’t.
We share skills, equipment, and information among a world-wide network of technicians, researchers and producers, and those interested in implementing filter facilities. We work with an open-source philosophy, collecting and distributing the latest developments in CWF technology.
We do not build or own any filter facilities, do not profit from the sale of filters, and do not have funds to create new facilities.
Initially, through email and telephone communication, we can help you assess your project and field any inquiries involved with CWF technology, and its implementation.
We provide partners with ongoing support for all levels of factory development. A significant part of our work involves the constant communication with a worldwide network of filter producers. PWB occasionally provides financial assistance to factories by subsidising tool purchases, and training costs.
Potters Without Borders offers a wealth of free information and support
Potters Without Borders can arrange for field technicians to visit factories during feasibility, start up, and follow-up periods. These technicians are contracted consultants and use a sliding scale to address the issue of payment, in general our trainers require a basic fee. In addition, local partner organizations are expected to cover most of the cost of international and local transportation, room and board, security and translation services.
In-country consultants can:
To Begin the Application Process
Before contacting us with your questions, we request that interested persons or organizations familiarize themselves with the following documents, which are available on our website under Filters: Studies:
Filter Facility Best Practices: The Joint Filter Committee periodically evaluates the Ceramic Water
Filter Project, and the pertinent information is collated and updated in this document.
Investigations of the Potters for Peace Colloidal Silver Impregnated Ceramic
Filter, Report 1: Intrinsic Effectiveness (Alethia Environmental): Although this study totals over 70 pages, the most relevant information is contained in the Executive Summary.
Ceramic Water Purifier Cambodian Field Tests (International Development Enterprises): This report is a recent evaluation of three projects. It will give you an idea of practical situations that can be encountered in the field.