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Pure Water for the World announces the development of a community watering station in Citi Soleil, Haiti.
Pure Water for the World

September, 2011

Pure Water for the World, Inc. announced today that it is undertaking the development of a community watering station in Citi Soleil Haiti. Once completed, this water station will provide clean drinking water and hygiene education for approximately 100,000 residents of Cite Soleil, an impoverished shanty town near Port au Prince, Haiti. Currently there is no running water or sanitation for the people living in Cite Soleil. “We are very pleased to be working with the Catholic Church and the members of the community on this project which is so desperately needed” said Carolyn Meub, Executive Director of Pure Water for the World.  

The Project will be built on the site of an old abandoned watering station which is owned by the Catholic Church known as Soleil #4.  The project will potentially use four sources of water including rain water capture, ground water, pipelined water and bulk trucked water. The facility will have the capability of treating any and all of these streams to bring them up to clean drinking water standards. The Facility will be operated by Pure Water for the World as the contracted operator. The Facility will be governed by a Board consisting of Pure Water, the Catholic Church, members of the Community.

In addition to providing clean drinking water, the facility will also have classrooms in which hygiene education classes will be available to the community. “One of the important lessons we have learned in our operations around the world is that education must go hand in hand with clean water” Meub continued. “Without education about the necessity of proper hygiene, clean water will not help improve health”

This Project is sustainable, will employ local  Haitians and will save countless children’s lives by  providing clean drinking water and hygiene education to approximately 100,000 people. This Project represents a unique opportunity to fulfill the basic health needs of some of those living in the poorest community in the northern hemisphere. 

“While it is too early to give a definitive schedule, we plan to release preliminary engineering soon and be on our way. This project is very important for the people of Citi Soleil, who, since the earth quake in Haiti, have essentially no water to sustain themselves. Pure Water is stepping up to the challenge and we are confident others will join us” Meub concluded.

Background on Pure Water for the World

Pure Water for the World is a 501 (c) organization headquartered in Vermont, USA. The mission of PWW is to reduce waterborne illness caused by poor hygiene practices and by drinking contaminated water.  PWW implements clean water and hygiene education programs in schools, clinics, orphanages and homes throughout Haiti.  In greater Port au Prince, the majority of the work is in Cite Soleil. Since 2008, clean water and hygiene education programs have been implemented in over 1,000 schools and other institutions and hundreds of homes.  PWW employs point of use clean water technology; ceramic filters, bio sand filters and Sawyer membrane filters.  The hygiene education courses are tailored to the student and include one-day courses for heads of household as well as a three-day course for teachers participating in the schools program.  PWW programs reflect an integrated approach, with projects in filter manufacturing, hygiene education and filter installation in schools, clinics, orphanages and homes throughout Haiti. PWW also has projects in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.  

In response to the humanitarian crisis following the 2010 earthquake and the current cholera epidemic, PWW has provided chlorinated water delivery to camps in the Cite Soleil and Delmas communities of Port au Prince.  Access to water is, to date, one of the most pressing needs.  Prior to the earthquake the water infrastructure was weak and the post earthquake displacement has amplified these needs.

In March 2011, PWW launched ultrafiltration—reverse osmosis water filtration systems in two hospitals in Haiti. (Add more details on Dow Filters at hospitals)

Pure Water works closely with local and international NGOs, private companies and community organizations. Pure Water has strong working relationships with UN agencies and humanitarian groups on the ground, key government agencies, such as the Ministry of Health and DINEPA, the national water distribution authority.  PWW has also partnered with International Rescue Committee, Management Sciences for Health, World Vision International, Save the Children, International Child Care, Dow Chemical, Rotary Clubs in North America, Organization for International Migration, United Methodist Church, Episcopal Diocese of Texas, among others. Pure Water staff in Haiti is currently participating with governmental and other NGOs to plan and implement life saving projects. PWW is currently partnering with IRC in an institutional WASH project in 32 institutions in Léogane, Haiti.   

For more information about the project or Pure Water for the World, contact Carolyn Meub. (802) 747-0778 carolyn@purewaterfortheworld.org 



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