Acknowledgement of SkyHydrant Inventor

Rhett Butler has been recognised by Sydney University with an Alumni Award for Service to Humanity.

To date over 6,000 SkyHydrants have been installed to provide safe drinking water for communities and schools.

With the low cost, light weight, simple operation, and effective removal of contamination; the units have become an important part of Disaster Aid Australia’s ‘Smart Aid‘ and ‘Safe Water for Every Child‘ initiatives.

Each SkyHydrant is capable of providing safe water for more than 500 people which means that millions of people around the world are being protected by Rhett’s invention.

If you would like to help Disaster Aid Australia install more Skyhydrants you can DONATE HERE


See Bhutan and Give Safe Water

Bhutan, on the Eastern edge of the Himalaya Mountains, is known for its monasteries, fortresses (known as dzongs) and dramatic landscapes.

The photograph shows the iconic Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery which clings to a cliff above the forested Paro Valley.

The Buddhist Kingdom measures its development progress by surveys of Gross National Happiness rather than Gross Domestic Product.

Bhutan 2020 Project

Disaster Aid Australia in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Thimphu have identified that providing safe drinking water to all the 120 central schools in Bhutan will bring major improvement to child health for the whole country.

The target is to provide a SkyHydrant Water Filter to each school by the end of 2020.

Currently 31 Skyhydrants have been delivered with the completion of those installations scheduled for the end of April 2019.

You Can Help By Visiting Bhutan

To raise funds for the project Disaster Aid Australia are promoting fully inclusive holidays in Bhutan from $6,450 per person  (twin share).

Included in the cost is a $5,000 donation per couple which will provide a school with Safe Water.

During your trip you will be able to personally present ‘your’ SkyHydrant to a school.

On your return you will receive a tax receipt for your $5,000 donation with the potential to receive a tax refund of up to $2,250.


To find out more about this exciting opportunity go to our : VISIT BHUTAN page.




Response to Cyclone Idai

Tropical Cyclone Idai was the worst tropical cyclones for 120 years in the Southern Hemisphere.

Catastrophic damage occurred in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi, leaving more than 1,000 people dead and thousands more missing.

Drinking water is a major concern with muddy rivers being the only source of water for millions.

Disaster Aid Australia is responding with Rotary District 9350 of Southern Africa to this disaster by providing SkyHydrants.

Two of our Disaster Aid Response Team (DARTs) are flying out with the Skyhydrants.

Our ‘Chair’ Peter Faulkner is seen loading two skyhydrants and 50 Sawyer Filters as our initial contribution.

These should provide safe water for more than 2,000 people in the disaster area

We are hopeful that further contributions from our supporters and District 9350 will enable us to provide safe water to thousands more.


If you want to help Disaster Aid Australia’s humanitarian aid you can; DONATE NOW

Cyclone Idai Disaster Appeal

Intense Tropical Cyclone Idai in March was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa.

The Storm caused catastrophic damage in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, leaving more than 700 people dead and many hundreds more are missing

An initial assessment in Southern Africa by one of our trained volunteers confirms that the amount of aid required to respond to will be enormous.

We are in touch with Rotary contacts in Zimbabwe and South Africa and will be working in partnership with them as the situation resolves and manageable projects are identified.

Water filters capable of handling water borne diseases, tents, tarpaulins, home repair kits, and tools are all known to be required

Will you please help us to help others?


To help follow this link:   DONATE NOW

The Cost of Safe Water?

Less than 1 Australian Dollar / Person / Year for a Village

A typical Disaster Aid Australia SkyHydrant  installation costs $5,000.

That includes tanks and pipes that we purchase locally.

Once installed the unit will provide bacteria free water for ten years for up a community of up to 700 people.

$5,000 / 10 years / 700people = $0.71 / person per year.


A $5,000 skyhydrant Installation to serve a school can keep over 1,000 pupils safe.

That is a cost of less than $0.50 / pupil / year.


If you want to support our ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ projects you can donate on our DONATE PAGE 

Helping World of Difference

World of Difference is a Rotary District 9800 Managed Program that was started by the Rotary Club of South Melbourne.

They have been providing overseas aid to villages in Cambodia working with ‘Build Your Future Today’ Which is a Non Goverment Organisation in the Siem Reap area of Cambodia.

Construction Underway

Following a meeting with Disaster Aid Australia Volunteers they decided to try a SkyHydrant Installation in late 2018 for the village of La’ak.

La’ak is a remote village of approximately 200 houses with no electricity and no reticulated water supply.

Since La’ak is a rural area with no waste-water treatment facilities the groundwater is prone to contamination and water borne diseases are common.

On arrival at the school in La’ak the scope of work was discussed with the village chief and school officials and details such as the location of the filter house, wash station, etc were agreed.

A small irrigation scheme was installed in conjunction with the drinking water project; using the untreated water

An original 1600 L concrete tank which was not previously used is now used to store filtered water with a float valve installed to automatically regulate level in this tank.

Pipes and fittings were purchased locally and a local bricklayer engaged to build the Skyhydrant shelter.

At the conclusion of the project the treated water was tested and confirmed as free from bacteriological contamination.

The new filter house and wash station

Safe Water for Every Child’ in Myanmar

January might be the‘Holiday Period’ for some people but Disaster Aid are still providing new ‘Safe Water For Every Child’ installations.

Director Angeline Low, and Danny Low, from Disaster Aid Australia are currently in Myanmar to install two SkyHydrants with the assistance of KK Looi of Disaster Aid Malaysia.

These installations are in association with the Rotary Club of Yangon.

In addition to the two installations carried out several other sites were inspected for future installations.



If you want to support Disaster Aid ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ projects in Bhutan, Myanmar, the Philipines, India and Indonesia you can donate at:  Disaster Aid Australia 


DAA Recognised In International Awards

The Energy Globe Awards were founded in 1999 to  present successful sustainable projects to a broad audience.

Disaster Aid Australia entered our ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ project for the Philippines for the 2018 Awards

The entry was one of more than 2,300 entries from 182 countries around the world.

In June 2018 year it was selected as the best project submitted from Australia.

A key issue in selection was the fact the SkyHydrant, that we install for the project can provide 10,000 litres per day of safe water without using electricity or chemicals.

In December 2018 Energy Globe announced that the ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ project was one of the 4 World Nominees in the water category.

This invitation to attend, and speak at the awards ceremony, is a recognition our project is ‘Worlds Best Practice’ in providing sustainable drinking water to developing countries.


If you want to support our ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ projects you can donate at:  Disaster Aid Australia 


Training In Bhutan

As part of the Disaster Aid Australia (DAA) Safe Water Bhutan 2020 project a DAA team carried out training in Tsirang, Bhutan.

The training topics included:

  • Who are Disaster Aid Australia.
  • Water Quality.
  • Why DAA provide SkyHydrants.
  • Planning an installation.
  • Operating a SkyHydrant.

The DAA training team consisted of Brian Ashworth Director, and Disaster Aid Response Team (DARTs) members Dianne Holland, and Peter Collins.

Assistance with translations by Department of Education Officials, and Sonam Tshering of Druk Water Solution, was an important factor in getting the messages across.

The DAA team, and our partner the Rotary Club of Thimpu, were delighted with the interest of the participants which was demonstrated by their many thoughtful questions and discussions between sessions.

The first day of training was for a total of 75 students ranging from senior engineers to school caretakers.

Following the initial day, two days of ‘hands on’ training was carried out for the installation teams so they could get a better understanding of the practical problems of installations.

Having trained effective installation teams funded by the Bhutan Government will ensure the Safe Water Bhutan 2020 project is carried out as effectively as possible.

To support our project and help the children of Bhutan you can make a Donation Now


SkyHydrants Reduce Poverty

Disaster Aid Australia’s main reason for installing SkyHydrants is to protect the health of children like this young boy in the Camarines Sur Region of the Philippines.

It is not the only advantage this technology has. . . .

The overall cost of water from a Skyhydrant is less than 1 cent per litre over the life of the system.

This compares with 50 cents per litre for a small bottle of water bought locally.

Even buying a 5 litre bottle of water, the cost is around 40 cents per litre.

This doesn’t seem much to Australians, but in the Philippines the minimum daily wage is around $7.

If a family buys a 5 litre drinking water from the supermarket that may be almost a third of someones wage.

Low cost safe water means that more money is available for food, clothes and other necessities.


If you want to support DAA’s award winning ‘Safe Water for Every Child’ project you can Donate Now