The project involving the construction of wells for the supply of drinking water in the Bale area of the Oromia region, in Ethiopia, was developed by COOPI, an Italian NGO operating in contexts characterized by extreme poverty and socio-political fragility or environmental through an approach that links intervention in emergency situations with rehabilitation and community development, in collaboration with Carbonsink.
The construction of the first water purification system began in June 2018 and since September 2018 the water that families drink is drinkable, in several locations in the region families still used surface water for their consumption, often contaminated.
Only a small percentage of the population had access to drinking water, many of the local health problems are in fact linked to the consumption of polluted water, such as diarrhea and intestinal infections. To avoid these problems, local populations typically bring non-potable water to the boil, through the combustion of wood. This process also involves the release of CO2 into the air due to the burning of wood.
The project aims to bring drinking water where it was not before, with a consequent advantage over health, hygiene and the entire economy of the village. The effects of the project, besides being economic and social, are also environmental, thanks to the emissions avoided by the burning of the wood used for boiling.