2nd School of Taraclia Water Purification Project – Moldova

Taraclia, Taraclia raion, Moldova

Community Description
Taraclia is located on the south-western leg of Moldova, 10 km from Ukraine, and only a few kilometers from the semi-autonomous region of Gauguzia. It proudly celebrates its unique Bulgarian heritage brought there in the year 1813. Approximately 40% of the population is made up of ethnic Bulgarians, a bit of an anomaly in Moldova.

Being the center for the entire district, Taraclia has a few more amenities than the average town in Moldova: two small hospitals, a Bulgarian university, and a modicum of small businesses that provide a few quality jobs. Despite these jobs, the majority of workers are employed in a variety of agricultural trades.

Taraclia is no stranger to the problems that haunt Moldova, especially with regard to the problem of emigration and the ‘hollowing out’ of its population. On paper, Taraclia has a population of 15,000 people, but estimates place the number closer to 9,000-10,000 citizens who actually live there. With the bulk of the working force living abroad, the demographics of Taraclia seem to have a chasm where young- to middle-aged working adults should be.

The 2nd School in Taraclia has 625 students and 34 teachers. Recent examinations of the water revealed that the water contains a variety of contaminants and would be deemed undrinkable by government regulations if left unfiltered. Water quality can be traced to many problems with digestion, dental hygiene, and a variety of other problems throughout Taraclia.

Project Description
This project is to install a water filtration system at the 2nd School of Taraclia.

The system works through a multistage process of reverse osmosis. The water will utilize a high-pressure pump, and go through two different filters, removing 96% of the pollutants.

Project funds will be used to purchase the filter system, which will be delivered, installed, maintained, and guaranteed for 10 years, as part of the all-inclusive price.

The system will be installed in the kitchen, where water will be filtered to the main sink for the kitchen staff to use. Also, there will be a separate pipe to a student faucet located outside of the kitchen to which students will have constant access.

The school will purchase additional filter cartridges as needed in the future.

Project Impact
This project will benefit the 659 students and teachers who study and work at the school.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Aaron Eisenbarth

This project seeks to ameliorate a serious problem with the drinking water at the school. This is the appropriate technology for the removal of the contaminants currently adversely impacting on the health and wellbeing of the students and staff.

Dollar Amount of Project

Donations Collected to Date

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 – This project has now been fully funded through the generosity of Stephen Shifley, of Centralia, MO, USA.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify Peace Corps Volunteer Aaron Eisenbarth of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by Rachelle and/or those of other PCVs in the country.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.