LOUISVILLE, Ky. (NEWS RELEASE) - WaterStep, a Louisville-based organization that works to save lives around the world with safe water, is issuing a call for donations to provide disaster relief to the Filipino victims of the Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. For every $1,200 raised, one M-100 chlorine generator will be shipped to the Filipino Red Cross and any other organization, church group or individual with boots on the ground in The Philippines who will be trained on how to install and maintain the systems via WaterStep’s new online distance learning program.
The M-100, which was developed with the help of volunteer engineers from General Electric (GE) and the Louisville Water Company, is currently deployed in more than 25 countries around the world including Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Pakistan, India, Iraq, Kenya and Uganda. The M-100 is a chlorine generator small enough to fit in a carry-on suitcase, yet powerful enough to provide safe water for thousands of people each day. It uses table salt and a 12-volt car battery, or solar panels, to simply and safely produce chlorine gas. When the gas is injected into contaminated water, it is highly effective in killing disease-causing pathogens and can produce up to 30,000 gallons of safe water each day.
Funds raised will cover the cost of the M-100 chlorinators and the shipping, as well as the online training program for the Red Cross and others. To donate, visit www.waterstep.org or call (502) 568-6342 and be sure to designate the contribution to the Philippines Typhoon Relief.
WaterStep, headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) organization that works to fight the global water crisis by addressing the root causes of waterborne illness. By combining training and technology, WaterStep empowers ordinary people to provide safe, sustainable water and health and hygiene solutions to their own communities. Since 2001, WaterStep has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in almost two dozen countries including Haiti, Kenya, India, the Dominican Republic, Pakistan, and Costa Rica. To learn more, call (502) 568-6342 or visit www.waterstep.org.