WesTech Eng. Inc. is leading an initiative to help provide clean drinking water to Haitians that have been hit by Hurricane Matthew. WesTech employees funded the purchase of 130 portable Hydraid BioSand water filters capable of converting contaminated water into safe drinking water.
Each of Hydraid units can provide 15 gal of clean water per day, supporting about 15 people. Combined, the donation of 130 filters is giving clean drinking water to more than 1,900 Haitians daily. The Hydraid units are designed to provide a lifetime of use.
“Our thoughts are with the people in Haiti in the devastating wake of Hurricane Matthew, which left 50% of them without access to safe drinking water,” said Rex Plaizier, CEO of WesTech. “We hope that WesTech’s knowledge of water technologies, coupled with the company’s commitment to benefit humanity, can make a small difference in fighting the outbreak of water-borne illness such as cholera, which is so common after such devastation.”
The donation effort is being led by WesTech employees through the company’s Employee Service Committee with the help of nonprofits Pure Water for the World, and Reciprocal Ministries, which provide distribution of the filters through an extensive network of people on the ground in Haiti.
“While hurricanes and natural disasters wreak havoc, the true cost to human lives comes in the aftermath,” said Allan Strong, engineering supervisor for WesTech. “Through donations directly from WesTech employees, matching funds provided by WesTech, and additional funds raised by crowd sourcing, we are hoping to provide more than 400 Hydraid filters to the people of Haiti, capable of supply 6,000 Haitians with clean drinking water every day.”
To help provide clean drinking water to the peoples of Haiti, WesTech employees have established this website for those interested in funding Hydraid filters: https://impact.purewaterfortheworld.org/checkout/donation?eid=102463.
Source: WesTech Eng.