LIFESAVER® water filters to provide a supply of clean drinking water to victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti
At 9.30am on the 7th October 2016, 2,010 LIFESAVER® cubes were en route to Port-au-Prince, Haiti travelling from Gatwick Airport, London as part of DFID’s humanitarian response to Hurricane Matthew. Each of the 2,010-lifesaving cubes will give a family or group of people the ability to turn contaminated water into their own clean drinking water. LIFESAVER® cube’s and jerrycan’s use ultra filtration technology to remove viruses, bacteria, cysts and parasites from water, to make it microbiologically clean and safe to drink.
Rachel Balm, Marketing Manager of LIFESAVER® commented:
“The capability of our filters in this type of environment is second to none. Our bottles, cubes and jerrycan’s are used daily, in normal situations, however the technology really comes in to its own in emergency situations, like in Haiti currently. When a cube or jerrycan is handed to someone, it literally can be a lifeline – people can take water from unsafe municipal sources, murky puddles and swollen rivers. They simply need to fill up the unit, pump the water through the filter, and then clean water gets dispensed instantly ”.
Beyond DFID’s initial deployment, on Saturday 8th October, 491 LIFESAVER® jerrycan’s will also leave Birmingham Airport along with solar handheld lights and buckets. The cubes and jerrycan’s will be distributed on the ground by NGO - CARE International who will distribute throughout the South West of the country to those people most in need.
Photo: Russell Watkins/DFID