The Water System
Haiti became world news in January of 2010 after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti’s capitol city Port-au-Prince. Not long after that the cholera epidemic began. People were left without homes and began to band together in tent cities, which quickly became breeding grounds for sickness, including cholera.
Missouri Methodists worked to help in the rebuilding process. Working in partnership with the Haitian people, individuals and teams joined together to respond to one of the most desperate needs—access to clean water. Access to clean water continues to be a struggle for millions of people throughout the world but through our continued commitment with Haiti Water Plus we are making a difference all around the country. The pendulum is beginning to swing in a positive direction. Since 2011, Missouri Methodists have helped provide nearly 6,500 bio-sand and Sawyer water filters to over 15 communities in Haiti. Here’s how the water system works.
Using technology taken from kidney dialysis, our water filters use Hollow Fiber Membranes. Our filters are comprised of tiny “U” shaped micro tubes that allow water to enter into their core through tiny micro pores. The filter pores are so small (0.1 micron absolute) that no bacteria, protozoa, or cysts like E.Coli, Cholera and Typhoid can get through. At 7 log (99.99999%) the filter attains the highest level of filtration available today and yet it has a very high flow rate due to the large amount of tubes. Each filter is certified for ABSOLUTE microns. That means there will be no pore size larger than 0.1 microns in the biological filter Simply put, it is impossible for bacteria to pass through the 0.1 micron filter.
No more digging wells if there is a water source, no constructing sand filters and no more purification chemicals. Families are able to construct and adapt their filter in literally minutes to locally found containers. Donating a filter includes everything we need to attach the filter to any plastic bucket or container for immediate use and lasting results.