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Water filters

Nazareth Foundation has affordable and effective water filter systems here in Timor-Leste since 2015. These systems are easily managed at the household level and provide clean drinking at the point of use.

Did you know?

  • All Timorese are advised to boil their water before drinking

  • Boiling water increases the labour burden for women and girls

  • Boiling water increases greenhouse gases

  • Drinking contaminated water increases malnutrition due to intestinal diseases

Clean drinking water is an essential first step for good health. It is time we promote this fundamental principal in a sustainable matter. Boiling water is a short term management practice in a crisis situation, not a long term answer for good health.

This simple, proven technology sits on the household table. Water is poured in the top, it flows through a ceramic filter and clean water is delivered by a tap at the bottom, providing up to 40 litres a day. The ceramic filter is easily cleaned and lasts up to 12 months.

New water filter systems cost $25 and replacement filters cost just $5.

The system uses tough food grade containers combined with a Ceramic Dome Filter with 3 components:

  1. Ceramic filtration with pore size down to 0.1 microns

  2. Silver coating to prevent algal growth and kill bacteria.

  3. Activated carbon to bind dissolved chemicals.

Does it work?

The Nazareth Foundation Water Filter System has been tested by a NATA accredited water testing facility in Australia which showed that this system:

  • Removes 99.99% of E coli  

  • Removes 99.89% of Total Coliforms

  • Reduces turbidity to acceptable WHO standards


Contact Nazareth Foundation today to discuss how you can partner in this vital work to deliver clean drinking water to households in Timor-Leste!