climate change poverty technology

Appropriate technology of the week – tube wells

Climate adaptation in action – this area in Bangladesh is prone to flooding, something that will only get worse in coming years. With floods come waterborne diseases, as wells fill with flood water and become contaminated.

Building the pump for a tube well above the flood line solves this problem. Platforms are built two feet higher than the highest recorded flood level, and drinking water remains clean. It’s a simple idea that saves lives.

This photo is from an exhibition on climate change adaptation, hosted by Practical Action and currently on display at the Department for International Development.

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