As we recently reported, 10 of GE’s solar-powered water purification units were shipped to earthquake-stricken Haiti to help with the country’s desperate needs for clean water. Now, seven of the Sunspring units are up and running — with each able to provide safe water for up to 10,000 people per day. Our Sunspring partner, Innovative Water Technologies, was hard at work this week completing installations that bring the total of available clean water in the Port au Prince area to over 40,000 gallons per day. The video below was created and produced by Mark Tchelistcheff of openfilms.net and documents the installation at the SOS Children’s Village orphanage in Santo, Haiti.
In addition to the work at SOS, Innovative Water Technologies installed one of the units at STEP, which stands for Seminaire Theologique de l’Eglise de Dieu en Haiti. The photo below, taken from a cell phone, shows the line-up for water just minutes after the installation was completed. The Sunspring unit is operating on the other side of the wall.
The team on the ground in Haiti says that so far, all of the untreated water samples they have tested have shown unsafe microbiological contamination — which means the necklace of SunSpring systems being installed can make a critical difference.
As the team writes on their Haiti update blog: “IWT installed the first Sunspring water filtration system in Haiti in February of 2009. Little did they know they would be back a year later to facilitate the installation of more systems in and around Port au Prince. Hospitals and clinics, orphanages, central city areas, and youth sports centers are just a few of the organizations benefitting.”