Families without clean water are riddled with disease and lack the energy to sustain themselves

Our Kolar workshop staff demonstrate
how the filter works in the villages.

A tribal woman and her son are grateful for clean water and their BioSand water filter.

Thousands of poor village families now have clean water thanks to the BioSand water filter and generous donors.

Tribal families in the forest benefit greatly from clean water since their water sources are highly contaminated.

Sponsorship for village filters comes from Corporations
that have a sense of shared responsibility.

Collecting water from a nearby source that is contaminated.

All schools and early childhood learning centers in villages with BioSand filters are supplied with filters.

Nagamma, a village level health worker teaches clean water hygiene and sanitation to villagers.

What We Do

South Asia Pure Water Initiative, Inc. (SAPWII) supports two small factories in Kolar and Mysore,Karnataka South India to manufacture BioSand Water Filters. For the past 10 years, we have developed programs such as our “Adopt-A-Village Partnership” and “Ernie’s Filters for Schools” that have placed more than 12,000 filters in villages and schools in South India. We have brought clean water to more than 200,000 people suffering from diseases caused by contaminated water!

With the help and support from the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies (CAWST), the premier BioSand filter experts worldwide, we have conducted training camps in various locations in India to spread the word of the BioSand Water Filter technology to all of India. We are training other organizations to manufacture and distribute BioSand Water Filters and provide clean water to all locations in India where there is a need.

Water Crisis

Over 500,000 children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation – that’s more than 1,400 a day. Achieving universal access to safe water would save 2.5 million lives every year. For every $1 invested in water and sanitation, an average of $4 is returned in increased productivity and reduced medical costs. Access to safe water breaks the cycle of poverty, creates markets where they never existed before and uplifts the global community as well as the local community.

Bio-Sand Filters

A BioSand water filter is an adaptation of the traditional slow sand filter which has been used for community drinking water treatment for 200 years. The technology has been adapted to create a household water treatment filter that can be built on a small scale at low cost with materials available locally. The BioSand water filter has no replacement parts, requires no electricity, lasts for 30 years without ongoing costs and is virtually maintenance free. Found to be very effective for reducing water-borne disease and manufactured and used in more than 60 countries worldwide.

Our Mission

South Asia Pure Water Initiative, Inc. (SAPWII) improves the lives of the poorest populations in India by providing clean water using BioSand filter water filter technology and teaching this life-saving technology to other organizations in India.

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Donate Now

Powerless people need powerful friends. We celebrate a host of outstanding donors who have brought relief to thousands of families that suffer from dirty water. We thank you for your caring . and for your belief that relief from dirty water should be a basic human right.