About this project

The main focus of our project is the reduction of water pollution in rural areas. The target areas are the municipalities of Fier and Berat, in the state of Albania. The water in these regions is heavily polluted, which has resulted in high levels of jaundice, particularly among children. Africa has experienced similar issues, and has developed several solutions to the problem. Sierra Leone, for example, uses the sun's anti-septic rays to neutralize agents of diseases like viruses and bacteria. Sierra Leone and the city of Freetown inspired us to continue to develop solutions to the problem by making better use of solar rays. Whilst their approach involves the use of rays to power water distillation machines, our new approach will transform the sun into a water purifier engine with the least cost and the greatest profit. This makes it possible to transfer and apply our technology to other endangered areas not only in our country but also worldwide.

Goals and Objectives

The main goal of the project is:

To use sun rays to combat the pathogens that cause diseases in potable water.

The main objectives of the project are:

1) Reducing the level of pollution of potable water in the selected areas.

2) Lowering the number of cases of jaundice.

3) Raising awareness in the community so that they have the capacity to solve this problem by themselves.

Expected result

The expected results have been determined on the basis of their feasibility:

1) Eliminating major pathogens Escherichia coli by 30%.

2) Reducing the cases of Jaundice cases by 35% within 2 years.

The intended beneficiaries are the inhabitants of the municipalities of Fier and Berat in Albania. The main reason for this project is the high density of the pollution of water and the diseases that are caused by it. The residents of these regions have struggled with these issues for at least 25 years  and their lives have become unbearable. It is estimated that this project will provide five thousand locals with disease-free potable water for the first time. They will also be less likely to develop infections from waterborne diseases. The project is in accord with 5 of the SDGs (3, 6 , 7 ,9 and 11) and with 2 of the YWC pillars (Water and Health; Water-Related Risks) and the COP 21 White Paper.

Sustainable Development Goals
03. Good health and well-being 06. Clean water and sanitation 07. Affordable and clean energy 09. Industry, innovation and infrastructure 11. Sustainable cities and communities
About me / organisation
Mr.Ervis Xheleku, Mr. Arber Halili

The project is led by the project manager, Mr.Ervis Xheleku (26) who is already experienced with environment and water related projects. He has successfully implemented three projects. The first one involved waste water treatment in the Kruja district. The second dealt with innovative irrigation methods in Devolli district. The third one involved rainwater home depositing in Lushnja District. All of these projects have been implemented in Albania.

Environmental Engineer: Mr. Arber Halili (28) has been involved with three water- related projects. They have included water recycling systems in Kamza district, natural purifiers of contaminated waters in Cerrik district, and the rehabilitation of irrigation in Saranda district.