What We Do: Our mission is to provide a sustainable, safe, clean, drinking water solution for families in Puerto Rico. Our mission outreach includes water education, filter installation and care, and training others to expand the delivery of water filters throughout the island.
Why: Since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico water resources on the island, have gone from non-existent for the first two months to limited in some areas, while others communities still lack running water. Those with running water are reporting foul odor, excessive bleach smell, and or discoloration. Due to the unreliable and weak infrastructure, pressure fluctuations and still frequent water outages customers fortunate enough to have access to public water are instructed to boil all water. This activity is costly and time-consuming if you do have electricity; it is all but impossible without power. While the resiliency of the Puerto Rico people is high, the health risk associated with consuming contaminated water is even more significant.
Our Solution: We have chosen a water filtration technology that has been in existence since the early 1800’s. Missionaries living in extreme conditions used ceramic filters similar to the type we are sending to the island. Puerto Rico post-Maria mirrored the environment faced by the missionaries. This system is simple, easy to install, and with basic care not requiring special skills or access to special tools or chemicals can be used over and over again.
Need: We are contacted daily by individuals, churches, and relief organization asking for us to provide them with water filters. At this time the need far exceeds our financial resources. We have a commitment from the US manufacturer, who are supporting our efforts, and who is continuing production for us at a cost far below wholesale allowing us to maximize every dollar we raise, 100% of which goes to the purchase of the filter and delivery to the island. To date, all our shipping to Puerto Rico has been free except for two orders.
Filter Data: The filters remove suspended solids, pathogenic bacteria, cysts, organic chemicals and improve taste and odor. The filter is silver impregnated to prevent bacteria growth (mitosis) and is self-sterilizing. The ceramic shell is manufactured to balance flow rate and consistent pore size in order to provide maximum filtration efficiency. The core of the filter contains coconut shell based granular activated carbon to reduce organic chemicals and improve the color, taste, and odor of drinking water. This filter element is designed for gravity filter use and other low-pressure applications. The filters do not require water pressure, pumps, electricity or special skills to operate and produce potable water.
Performance Data provided by the manufacturer:
· 0.5 Micron absolute
· >99.9% @ 0.2 micron
· 99.9999% Pathogenic bacteria removal
· 100% – E. coli removal
· 100% – Cryptosporidium Parvum, Giardia Lamblia
· >99.7% – Turbidity
· Chlorine reduction—>95% Gravity/>50% Pressure
· Organics reduction—>95% Gravity/>50% Pressure
· Cleanable for prolonged life