Malawi is one of the most impovereshid countries in Sub-Saharan, where the average life expectancy in onli 51 years old. In malawi one child dies every 21 seconds due to illnesses through waterbourne disease. in rural areas this is particularly due to the non-availability of clean drinking water due to open wells, broken pumps and that the water that is available is contaminated with faecal matter. To address these issues, PhD students at Leeds met have shown that a locally available plant extract, which grows widely throughout rural villages in Malawi, can be used to improve water quality to between 80% and 100%. In addition, a low cost telemetry system, supperted by local celphone networks, has recently been developed at Leeds Met to remotely monitoe the operational performance of these shallow wells. It is hoped that this technology, when implemented in the field, will lead to sustainable maintenance system to ensure that these wells function long term and that the community has access to clea drinking water.
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