Technical updates, case studies, evaluations, expert knowledge from over 12 years supporting hundreds of organizations implement biosand filter (BSF) projects. was initiated to provide support to new and existing BSF implementers to succeed in their programs. Create a user login to enjoy full functionality of this website.

The Biosand Filters Knowledge Base website ( is managed by CAWST, the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology. Contributions are made by Biosand filter implementers worldwide. For more information about CAWST, visit our website at

Updates on technical designs, modifications and improvements of the biosand filter (BSF). For updates on how to implement: end-user education, follow-up, monitor and evaluate, go to the Implementation Updates section.

Knowledge and experience on biosand filter (BSF) implementation : creating demand, end-user education, follow-up, monitoring and evaluation.

Field evaluations are important to help understand best practices, success and challenges of biosand filter (BSF) implementation projects and programs. Share your evaluations or reports to help build the knowledge and to support other BSF implementers.

Over 200,000 biosand filters (BSF) are in use worldwide. This section profiles many BSF projects around the globe. Add yours !

Latest additions

Research Paper

Designing programme implementation strategies to increase the adoption and use of biosand water filters in rural India

submitted 13 hours ago by CRojanschi
Designs & Technical Update

DESEA Peru PVC filter manual

submitted 1 day ago by CRojanschi

Pure Water for the World Abandoned Biosand Filter Study in Trojes, Honduras 2014

submitted 1 week ago by CRojanschi
Research Paper

MS2 Bacteriophage Reduction and Microbial Communities in Biosand Filters.

submitted 2 months ago by CRojanschi
Research Paper

Quantification of human and embodied energy of improved water provided by source and household interventions

submitted 3 months ago by CRojanschi


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