Planet Water Foundation Brings Water-Cleaning Technology to Puerto Rico
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Planet Water Foundation, an organization focused on bringing clean water to impoverished communities, has announced plans to help Puerto Ricans in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The natural disaster has devastated the country, with consequences on drinkable water supplies.
The organization will deploy 12 AquaTower water filtration systems. These filters source water by eliminating all types of microorganisms that can cause disease. What’s better: with no electricity or toxic chemicals.
Each unit can produce up to 10,000 liters of potable water per day, supplying around 1,000 people. “The scope of devastation to Puerto Rico’s water and power infrastructure has created a humanitarian crisis that requires a unique solution to the immense need for safe drinking water,” says Mark Steele, Planet Water Foundation founder and CEO.
The project is partially funded by Xylem, a global water technology company. Xylem has previously supported Planet Water with funding, besides employee and supplier volunteer hours, in more than 250 communities in the Asia-Pacific region.
Watts Water Technologies, manufacturer of plumbing, heating, and water quality products, is funding two of the AquaTower deployments in Puerto Rico.
DHL Express is ringing in with transportation and logistics to ship the AquaTower systems and supplies to Puerto Rico from the Asia-Pacific region.
Finally, Fundación Banco Popular is providing local support with San Juan-based Rayo de Luna, an initiative of Harimau Conservation that is at the helm of local logistics and site identification.
Altogether, Planet Water Foundation currently helps nearly 1 million people get clean water in 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America.
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