15 Jun 2016
A Kenyan school is set to benefit from the donation of a new filtration system that will enable staff and pupils to safely filter their own spring water.
Porvair Filtration Group provided the system at no cost to the Olpalagilagi Primary School in Kenya's Maasai Mara, which was then installed by the pupils of Gresham's Senior School in Holt, Norfolk, as part of an educational trip.
Porvair got involved after being told that Gresham's Senior School pupils were looking for help in introducing a water filtration system to the Olpalagilagi School's 200 pupils, aged between five and 12.
The project was then presented to Porvair's Microfiltration clean water specialists in New Milton, Hampshire. Inspired by the possibilities, they were pleased to do the rest, donating a pre-filter and a membrane filter, as well as the necessary housings to deliver a complete system.
The company employed its tried-and-tested Microfil™ and Biofil™ disposable cartridge filters for the effective removal of contaminants.
The children of Olpalagilagi Primary can now filter their own tank of spring water, providing safe, clean refreshment to all and a platform for enhanced learning opportunities.
The charitable project has also served to further strengthen links between the two schools after Gresham's selected Olpalagilagi as its chosen charity recipient amid an on-going cultural exchange that will take place over the next 10 years.
Porvair believes that the removal of contaminants from untreated water is a major global issue with the threat of future water shortages, Kenya in particular is known to suffer seasonal and regional water scarcity.
Porvair's General Manager, Mike Hughes said: “When we were first informed of the situation at Olpalagilagi School, where the sourcing of a clean water supply has been a major challenge, we were keen to lend a hand.
“We've seen such problems first-hand in Africa, where basic drinking water can be a matter of life and death, and desperately wanted to help.
“The installation we encountered was an elevated storage tank fed from a natural spring. The design challenges included no power to generate pressure, so therefore a larger filter area was installed to allow for a slower flow rate.
“Drawing on our experience of similar aid projects in remote installations, we designed and donated the simplest system possible to protect the integrity of the process.
“Plus, the whole assembly also had to be broken down into small components so that the school children and staff could carry it in their hand luggage.
“I believe that the system is now providing a straightforward, easy-to-use, and effective solution that is significantly enhancing school life through its practical and durable design.”