HELP US BRING CLEAN DRINKING WATER TO A COMMUNITY OF 30 BUDDHIST NUNS
WE ARE LOOKING FOR DONORS TO HELP SUPPORT US IN CONSTRUCTING AN ELABORATE RAINWATER CATCHMENT AND FILTRATION SYSTEM THAT WILL PROVIDE OVER 100,000 LITERS OF PURE DRINKING WATER EACH YEAR TO THIS LONG-TERM RETREAT NUNNERY IN PHARPING, NEPAL
In the surrounding hills and jungles of Kathmandu, one comes upon the small village of Pharping, a place sacred to Nepalis and Tibetans. The water situation in the village has been declining in the past decades, and since the 2015 earthquake, many of the springs which ran freely, have closed up with the shifting of the earth. All of the monasteries in the area have resorted to driving in daily tankers of water from far below the village and purchasing drinking water in 5-gallon plastic carboys.
To offset the inherent economic and environmental costs of this situation, as well as to finally provide these Buddhist Nuns with safe drinking water, we at Padma Organization have initiated plans to furnish the nunnery with a rain-catchment and filtration system this coming June. Utilizing the existing roofs, and with the addition of another 1000 sq.ft catchment structure, monsoon and post-monsoon rains will be collected and automatically stored in a series of 1,000-5,000 liter tanks and wells. The system utilizes a first-flush filter, which automatically diverts the coarse impurities brought down from off the roofs. The cleaner water is then conveyed through gutters and pipes to increasingly larger storage tanks. Each tank fills up, then water flows onward to the next tank until the lower roadside well(which previously required bi-weekly tankers of delivered water) is filled up. From the upper tanks, and with the help of cost-free gravity, water is pushed through an ultra-membrane filter, supplying the community with 99.99% bacteria-free water to drink.
what we need
The original project looked a lot different...but, after consulting with engineers from SmartPaani, a UN awarded NGO working in Nepal to find solutions to the country's water problems, we decided to take our project to the next level.
We are asking for $1200 to help cover the costs of the best filter and flush systems we could find.
The Ultra-membrane Filter/Flush System itself costs 137,120 Nepali rupees, or about $1230.00, depending on current exchange rates. The PDF below breaks down the system costs
*Padma Organization will be offering all additional labor, construction and installation costs.
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or to receive progress reports starting in June