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EcoPlanet Bamboo Brings Clean Drinking Water to Rural Communities

14th December 2012

EcoPlanet Bamboo Central America launches the Blue Energy Project.

This innovative initiative is aimed at bringing social and environmental benefits to our workers and the local community, all the while continuing the Company’s aim to set global benchmarks for sustainability in the bamboo industry.

Lead by EcoPlanet Bamboo Central America’s President John Vogel and in collaboration with Wake Forest University and blueEnergy, the project brings clean drinking water to our employees and the communities surrounding our operations through the provision of clean water systems and water sanitation trainings.

To improve access to water, wells with the capacity to pump 30 liters (7.8 gallons) of water per min will be established on our plantations. The water is then treated with blueEnergy’s Bio Sand filtration system. The system’s filters utilize mostly concrete, sand, PVC pipes and rock pebbles, making it a durable system capable of turning dirty water into clean, drinkable water.

As the water flows through the sand, the filtration process removes worms, organic matter, bacteria, viruses and other large organisms within in the top three centimeters. As water continues to flow downwards, it removes odor, taste, and discolor.  By the time the water reaches the gravel at the bottom, 95-99% of contaminants have been removed. The filtered water is then collected into a safe and sealed container to avoid post contamination. Each filter has the capacity to purify 10 liters (2.6 gallons) of water per hour.

To help boast our goal of providing safe water resources to all employees and the local community, we provided an 8 day training program on the construction and maintenance of these water wells and Bio-Sand filters, which can be replicated in the local communities.

EcoPlanet Bamboo continues to prove our commitment to create triple bottom line returns by investing heavily not only in developing and running the largest commercial bamboo plantation company in the world but also in driving huge social and environmental change in some of the poorest regions of the world.

blueEnergy was founded in Nicaragua in 2004 with the mission to bring access to renewable energy, clean water and sanitation services to poverty stricken communities.

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