Although Thailand is usually blessed with ample water resources, the availability of clean drinking water is often a problem in up-country areas. Many children in rural Thailand drink untreated or poorly treated water at their schools, which makes them ill and impairs their studies.
In 1996, our club initiated a Clean Drinking Water for Schools Programme to install water purification systems in rural schools. To date we have installed over 600 systems in schools in over 30 provinces throughout Thailand. The systems use Reverse Osmosis technology and are easy to maintain and relatively inexpensive.
A standard system produces sufficient water each day for up to 400 students. Its design enables re-use of reject water for toilets, cleaning and gardening, and sometimes excess purified water can be used by village residents. Water samples are tested to determine the level of cleaning and consequent configuration of system required.