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Safe water and disinfectant sent to Hurricane Dorian survivors in the Bahamas


September 5, 2019
By Ground Water Canada

Bahamas – U.S.-based non-profit WaterStep is shipping safe-water equipment and tools to help Hurricane Dorian survivors in the Bahamas and requesting support to help them continue their efforts.

In the next few days, a full shipment of tools that produce safe water and disinfectant will be deployed. It will include disaster relief kits, M-100 Chlorine Generators and BleachMakers, which will be set up at a staging area in Abaco, Bahamas, so that safe water and disinfectant can be distributed to those areas most in need, the organization said in a news release.

WaterStep will use the online platform Skype to train members of disaster relief organizations already on the ground in Abaco on how to set up and use the equipment.

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WaterStep’s M-100 Chlorine Generator is a device that produces safe drinking water for thousands of people a day and is small enough to fit in a backpack. The tool was awarded the international Sustainia Award in 2013 as one of the world’s most impactful and sustainable solutions. The award-winning portable BleachMaker produces medical strength disinfectant used to sanitize clinics, kitchens, shelters. This equipment provides a low-cost way to get large amounts of safe water to the survivors for drinking, showering, cleaning, cooking, washing clothes and other uses.

WaterStep, headquartered in Louisville, Ky., that implements water projects and provides tools and training in water purification, disaster relief, health education and well repair. The organization has responded to 14 different natural disasters since 2009 and has provided safe water to people worldwide through its disaster and water initiative work.

“WaterStep has worked throughout the Caribbean in disaster situations, but this is the first time we’ve had the privilege to work with the people of the Bahamas and the organizations that will be impacting them,” said Mark Hogg, founder and CEO of WaterStep.

To donate to WaterStep’s relief efforts, visit waterforbahamas.org or call 502-568-6342.