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Mozambique Safe Water

What is Carbon Avoidance?

Carbon avoidance is the prevention of future carbon emissions from being released into the atmosphere. Carbon avoidance projects include renewable energy, improved forestry and land-use, but also handpump restoration and efficient cookstoves, because they require less wood for communities’ daily cooking and for boiling water. In each, current emissions are reduced by improved alternatives, but existing CO2 is left untouched.

About this Project

Background

Access to clean water in Mozambique is a tough problem, with about half of the country’s population not having access safe water supplies. Much of the rural community is relying on unclean sources like rivers and hand-dug shallow wells, using wood or charcoal fires to sanitize the water before use. This scenario puts people at risk of waterborne illnesses, and at the same time releases carbon from the fires, harming the environment and driving global warming.

Project Outcome

This project tackles water safety concerns and subsequent carbon emissions by responding to the need for clean water with an engineering solution: restoring the boreholes that draw water from deep underground which has been cleaned and filtered through rocks and sediment. With access to a clean supply of water, communities’ basic human needs are met, overcoming dangerous water purification practices and ensuring a safer, cleaner tomorrow for these communities. Spread across multiple remote Mozambican villages, this innovative program rehabilitates, installs and maintains disused community water pumps to ensure communities have safe water access, as well as building local capacity to ensure that the water points are managed into the future. This creates a true win-win: delivering safe water access for each individual community, whilst also reducing household emissions from purifying water over open fires. As a result, this reduces the risk of water borne illnesses and the need to boil water for purification, which exposes households to hazardous air pollution. This saves thousands of tonnes of firewood per year and reduces a monitored amount of CO2 emissions. Finally, by implementing a WASH campaign and training, the project also improves hygiene and sanitation practices within the communities.

Fact File

💧 36,000 people given access to safe water

🚰 98 million litres of safe water supplied annually

🪵 Over 95,000 tonnes of wood saved per year

Partnership & Certification

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Our Impact to Date

3,300 tonnes CO2e prevented

Project Location Area

SDG Contributions

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

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