U.S.-based non-profit WaterStep already has some of its safe water equipment on the way to help Hurricane Dorian survivors in the Bahamas, and in the next few days, a full shipment of tools that produce safe water and disinfectant will be deployed. The shipment will include Disaster Relief Kits, M-100 Chlorine Generators and BleachMakers, which will be set up at a staging area in Abaco so that safe water and disinfectant can be distributed to those areas most in need. WaterStep will use online technology (Skype) to train members of disaster relief organizations already on the ground in Abaco on how to set up and use the equipment.
The innovative 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 simple, low-cost way to get large amounts of safe water to the survivors for drinking, showering, cleaning, cooking, washing clothes, and other uses.
WaterStep has responded to 14 different natural disasters since 2009 and has provided safe water to over 3 million people worldwide through their disaster and water initiative work. The natural disasters include the earthquake in Costa Rica in 2009, the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the flooding in Pakistan in 2010 and 2011, the typhoon in the Philippines in 2013, the typhoon in India in 2013, the earthquake in Nepal in 2015, the earthquake in Ecuador in 2016, the landslide in Colombia in 2017, the hurricane in Puerto Rico in 2017, the volcano in Guatemala in 2018, Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas in 2018, the ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2019, and the flooding in Malawi in 2019.
“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,” says Mark Hogg, Founder and CEO of WaterStep.
To donate to WaterStep’s relief efforts, please visit www.waterforbahamas.org or call (502) 568-6342.