Initial results from the UN Habitat and Solvatten project in Bamako Mali shows a 60% drop in charcoal costs for families using Solvatten to treat and heat their water. This in combination with the savings of around 2-3 USD per week from buying treated water before the Solvatten units arrived contributes a great bit to the family budget. Money that can desperately be used elsewhere.
The project has been running for almost a year and 99% of the Solvatten users feel that Solvatten has improved their health condition. Solvatten has helped start a positive momentum for the children and their families.
Final report expected in September 2012. The project was run by the International NGO WSA and is financed by UN Habitat and Tillväxtverket Sweden.