Local effort helps typhoon victims get clean water
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)--The need is growing and becoming desperate in the Philippines. That's why a Louisville company is trying to help people on the other side of the world.
The company is WaterStep; the goal is to provide a safe water supply to thousands of people affected by the typhoon.
There is a state of emergency and people are still in deep water in the Philippines. That's after that devastating typhoon killed thousands.
"We do have folks in the Philippines that we are in contact with," explains Kurtis Daniels with WaterStep. "And their water there to begin with...the water that they drink is not safe to drink."
Daniels is director of training and field operations for WaterStep. He introduced us to the company's water filter. "This is the M-100 Chlorine Generator."
WaterStep hopes to partner with other organizations to ship the manmade water filter to the Philippines. "All we need to know is have them identify themselves to us so that we can make that happen for them," says Daniels.
Daniels says when that does happen, thousands will benefit. "One unit is capable of handling 10-thousand people in one day." The machines cost about 12-hundred dollars, and the rest is like making saltwater, according to WaterStep.
"And literally a handful of salt is what this takes. That much salt right there with this process going through the chlorination process is capable of sanitizing about 30-thousand gallons of water."
And in addition to providing safe water, the machine also provides another essential element.
"In a disaster like they've just had, where ocean water came across the land, it is all over everything; that means that everything is contaminated," explains Daniels.
The filter also generates liquid chlorine. "Now that liquid chlorine can be used for other things; it can be used to sanitize dishes, to wipe down countertops."
That's why come hell or high water, the company is using every resource from word of mouth to social media to provide help. "With Twitter and with Facebook, all of those things are constantly going out."
Once the water machine is in place, it can continue to provide safe water long after the relief workers are gone.
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