NGO to give survivors portable water-chlorinating kits

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Monday, December 9, 2013

A NON-GOVERNMENT organization (NGO) based in the United States will put up a temporary center in Cebu City that will train individuals on how to install chlorinators in areas affected by Yolanda.

WaterStep, an organization based in Louisville, Kentucky, plans to train leaders from different NGOs on how to set up M-100 chlorine generators in areas in Eastern and Western Visayas and Northern Cebu that the typhoon hit last Nov. 8.

The M-100 chlorinator, developed with the help of volunteer engineers from General Electric (GE) and the Louisville Water Company, is small enough to fit in a suitcase, but powerful enough to provide safe water for thousands of people each day.

It has been used in more than 25 countries, including Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Kenya and Uganda.

In a statement, the group said it plans to train NGO leaders from Dec. 12 to 16 on how to handle the chlorinators. After their training, these individuals will be given 60 chlorine generators, which they will transport to the affected areas.

Along with the chlorinators, large bladder tanks will also be shipped to Cebu City from Israel.

WaterStep’s training team in Cebu will be led by the group’s founder and chief executive officer Mark Hogg.

The group’s goal is to leave behind dozens of people in the country who will be able to operate the M-100, which will provide sustainable sources of clean water.

WaterStep works to fight the global water crisis by addressing root causes of waterborne illnesses through a combination of training and technology.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 09, 2013.

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