SODIS Method Makes Safe Drinking Water in Six Hours

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Access to clean drinking water is a luxury that exists for few in the majority of developing countries. That is, unless the SODIS method is practiced – an inexpensive, practical practice of water disinfection that is gaining momentum worldwide and saving lives as a consequence.

The SODIS website provides a succinct explanation of its methodology that is open to all:

“Solar water disinfection – the SODIS method – is a simple procedure to disinfect drinking water. Contaminated water is filled in a transparent PET-bottle or glass bottle and exposed to the sun for 6 hours. During this time, the UV-radiation of the sun kills diarrhoea (diarrhea) generating pathogens. The SODIS-method helps to prevent diarrhoea and thereby is saving lives of people. This is urgently necessary as still more than 4000 children die every day from the consequences of diarrhoea.”

The acronym “SODIS” stands for Solar Water Disinfection, an initiative of Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Sciences and Technology, whose  mission is to provide people in developing countries with access to clean drinking water and reduce infant mortality. The UN estimates that 4,000 children in the world die each day.

Eawag reports that more than 5 million people now clean their drinking water with the SODIS method, but adds there are still almost 1 billion people still do not have access to safe drinking water.

The organization’s educational activities are targeted in Africa we increased the number of projects considerably. Presently we conduct SODIS projects in 24 countries in AfricaAsia and Latin America.

“One of the most important criteria for the selection of the countries in which we work is the number of people lacking safe drinking water,” writes the SODIS team. “Equally important is that we collaborate with an experienced and reliable partner organisation. This is crucial for the success of a project as the partner organisation is responsible for the implementation in the field.”

The SODIS newsletter reports the drinking water situation is improving in Pakistan – an endeavor that has continued since 2002. “The statistics of the Ministry of Health reveal a major decrease in diarrhoeal diseases in the project areas.”

This success is good news, especially considering that 80 percent of Pakistan’s drinking water is still microbiologically contaminated according to a government study. And this is only one location where the SODIS method is making a measurable difference.

PHOTOS: SODIS madeleien_djike

Have a tip for CleanTechnica? Want to advertise? Want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Our Latest EVObsession Video

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it!! So, we've decided to completely nix paywalls here at CleanTechnica. But...
Like other media companies, we need reader support! If you support us, please chip in a bit monthly to help our team write, edit, and publish 15 cleantech stories a day!
Thank you!

CleanTechnica uses affiliate links. See our policy here.

Glenn Meyers

is a writer, producer, and director. Meyers was editor and site director of Green Building Elements, a contributing writer for CleanTechnica, and is founder of Green Streets MediaTrain, a communications connection and eLearning hub. As an independent producer, he's been involved in the development, production and distribution of television and distance learning programs for both the education industry and corporate sector. He also is an avid gardener and loves sustainable innovation.

Glenn Meyers has 449 posts and counting. See all posts by Glenn Meyers

One thought on “SODIS Method Makes Safe Drinking Water in Six Hours

  • Oh, God! What about all that plastic in the landfills! This is just massive plastic pollution waiting to happen.
    At least when a body dies, it decomposes rather quickly. And provides food and resources for local wild life. It’s a win-win situation!

Comments are closed.