Sextant and Mazzetti volunteers are partnering with Project HOPE to assess Puerto Rico’s water purification systems around the devastated island. The teams are determining whether water systems are working, in need of replacement or restoring. Our volunteers are working side-by-side with the Department of Health and Environmental Protection Agency to bring purified water to these communities.
In the words of one volunteer, Samantha Sharp, “The water assessments are critical because they provide a link between the government command center in San Juan and these rural communities. I was amazed at how quickly efforts were mobilized once the field data was provided and we made our recommendations. A new package water filtration system is already operational at one of the sites where we completed an assessment.”
After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, it left nearly half of the population without potable water, millions without power and thousands without homes. It destroyed much of the natural environment, hospitals and public infrastructure. Restoration efforts are estimated to take four to six months, and during that time, many will live in high temperatures and humidity without access to air conditioning and clean water. These conditions will cause continued health issues for Puerto Ricans.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you can support Sextant and Mazzetti in this effort to provide clean water to those living in Puerto Rico with a financial contribution, please donate here.
If you are a skilled water system engineer with the ability to travel to Puerto Rico on short notice, please contact us.
Thank you for your support of our work – your contributions will help save lives.
This project is currently open. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering on this project.