Cayman Water Company has donated US$3,375 to buy 75 water filtration units to help combat cholera and other pathogens at risk of contaminating Haiti’s drinking water in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
Matthew, a category 5 storm, hit southwest Haiti on Oct. 4.
More than 500 people died and almost 800,000 more were left in need of food and water. Around 3,500 suspected cholera cases have been reported in storm-hit areas.
The money will go toward the purchase of Sawyer PointONE water purifier units and five-gallon buckets manufactured in Haiti by Plastech Industries.
Donations will be managed by the Pan American Development Fund, according to organizers.
The response is part of the Haiti Relief Effort project by the Caribbean Desalination Association’s newly established Humanitarian Committee. According to the association, 1,000 purifier units can provide clean water for up to 340,000 people per day.
The cost of each complete unit is US$45 and covers the cost of shipping as well.
“We commend CaribDA for taking the initiative to provide an effective means to meet Haiti’s most basic need,” Karlene Singh, business development project engineer at Consolidated Water and the association’s director, said in a press release.
“Cayman Water is so pleased to be able to offer our support and help bring safe drinking water to our neighbour, especially in their time of need,” she added.
The nonprofit CaribDA represents sponsors from around the Caribbean region who are interested in water desalination, reuse and improvement.
The donation drive is open to the public.