Meoun & Chreum
Somour Village is located in Prey Pnov Commune, Pea Riang District, Prey Veng Province, about 20 kilometers from Snay Pol village. In 2012 the WatSan project provided the BSF to Somour villagers, so recently the nine monthly monitoring period came around. A staff member and one of our volunteers visited the house of Mr. Sot Meoun.
Meoun is 29 years old, his wife Preang Chreum is also 29 years old, and they have two small daughters. We interviewed Mrs. Preang Chreum about their use of the BSF, and she told us that her family is glad to use it because it makes life much easier. There is now no need to boil water, buy firewood for the kettle or to wait until the water boils. Continually boiling water was also dangerous around the children as they are very young.
Before owning the BSF, Chreum’s children regularly got diarrhoea from drinking raw water. Since receiving the BSF Chreum has shown her children how to get a glass of water from the filter when they want a drink. She admires how the water not only stays cool and tastes good but also how her family has not suffered from diarrhoea at all since installing the filter. She keeps it in good condition, cleaning it at least once per week.
Besides drinking, she uses it to cook rice and for stewing every day. Her neighbour who hasn’t registered to get the BSF often asks her for a barrel of water for drinking as well. Chreum would like to say many thanks to AOC and the WatSan project for providing BSF and latrines to her village, and for taking the time to monitor and answer questions.