Development of water filters in Telaga Dalam and Cinto Mandi in Sumatra, Indonesia

Telaga Dalam Village, South Bengkulu, Cinto Mandi Village, South Bengkulu, Indonesia

In collaboration with

World Vision – Hagamos un trato

From April 2019 to February 2021

We provide better access to clean water to reduce the incidence of waterborne diseases.


  • Installation of 3 tube of water filter. The project aims to provide community with access to clean and safe waterapproximately 75 liters per day.


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200 community members in Tegala Dalam Village and 150 in Cinto Mandi Village.

Inhabitants of Talaga Dalam and Cinto Mandi Village will reduce the incidence of water-related diseases.

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On the ground

Communities depend on river water, whose quality is irregular. Only some people can purchase portable water filters to meet drinking water needs and consume unhealthy water daily.

Community members in Telaga Dalam and Cinto Mandi, in the district of South Bengkulu, some of the poorest in the Bengkulu Province, depend only on river water flow and wells for their daily activities. The availability and quality of water from these sources varies, especially depending on the time of the year.

Telaga Dalam and Cinto Mandiare very poor villages. Most people work as palm oil and rice farmers. Where as people who do not have farms or agricultural land work as laborers. The income that they receive as farmers or laborers is uncertain. Therefore, not all people have the ability to buy portable water filters to meet clean water needs and they consume unhealthy water every day. This condition makes them in danger of contracting the disease through unsafe water consumption, such as diarrhea.

Only 31,70% of the population of South Bengkulu district has got access to safe water and only 15% to adequate latrines. In addition, to date most people who live near the river still use river water to meet their daily needs. Currently, the rate of health problems directly related to infant mortality in southern Bengkulu is 11.07 per 1,000 live births.

220 children under 5 years suffer malnutrition. In addition, there were 1,201 people suffering from diarrhea based on data released by the Health Office South Bengkulu district.

It is also a district with special needs in the area of education, health, WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), infrastructures and economic development.Regarding education, there are around 2,935 people over 10 years who are illiterate.

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In detail

South Bengkulu Area Program (AP) will collaborate with PAMSIMAS to carry out this project with the support of the We Are Water Foundation and WV España. PAMSIMAS is Third Water and Sanitation for Low Income Communities Program. This is a Government of Indonesia (GoI) program funded partially by the World Bank and co-financed by Government of Australia (GoA).

The project starts with community preparation and socialization. Afterwards, construction of a water filter will be prepared. Then a water filter tube installation and water pump (including pipe installation) will be built to be connected to the reservoir that has been built by PAMSIMAS. Protective housing construction for water filter tubes will also be built to protect water filters from weather. Water quality tests will also be carried out to ensure that this water is safe for use by the community.

To ensure good management and maintenance of water filter tube, a water committee will be formed in each village and they will receive training for facilities maintenance. Finally, the community will collect fees at the water point or at any chosen frequency and use the money for maintenance needs.

Main activities of the project:

  1. Discussion with PAMSIMAS and the community, mapping and profiling
  2. Determine the location and preparation of construction
  3. Installation of water filter tubes and water pumps (include pipe installation)
  4. Protective house construction for water filters
  5. Conduct water quality tests
  6. Well embossment and commissioning of wells