Poor water quality remains a major threat to rural communities throughout India. Biological contamination and other impurities are rampant. These pathogens lead to diseases like diarrhea, pneumonia, and kidney related infections. One emerging water treatment solution is the use of bio-sand filters. The filters remove harmful pathogens from the water, making it suitable for drinking. The filter is an adaptation from the traditional slow sand filter. The bio-sand filters have shown to help reduce discoloration, odor, and unpleasant taste in the water.
Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh and its surrounding towns is one of the largest home bases of the unreached Ansari Muslims. The Lord is leading a church-planting movement among this people group in the area. Nicodemus Ministries has established small house churches in around 40 villages in this area. By providing clean drinking water to these communities, using bio-sand filters, more opportunities to share the love of Christ open up.