Clarity Water Filters provide drinkable water in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican man carrying a Clarity water filter

Barely two weeks after the hurricane ‘Irma’ hit the Caribbean Islands in September 2017, the next disaster ravaged Puerto Rico. The category 4, 50-mile-wide hurricane ‘Maria’ took a direct landfall on 20 September 2017 causing huge destruction, taking lives, injuring people, ripping houses apart, taking off roofs, flooding the streets, and incapacitating infrastructure. Operation Agua Puerto Rico disaster relief after hurricane MariaAlthough the tornado was smaller than the previous one, it was the strongest in 80 years that directly hit the island.Operation Agua in puerto rico - landscapeApart from the overall devastation, the worst damage was caused by the electricity that was down and the water sources that were destroyed and cause a scarcity of clean water in the villages. This water shortage drove villagers to find alternative water sources – some of which are contaminated, dirty, and unsafe for human consumption.Operation Agua in puerto rico getting water from unsafe sourcesSome walked long distances to collect water in rivers, streams, from pipes in the ground, and elsewhere to carry water buckets home to their families, children and the elderly. Even where tap water was still available, there was a huge risk that it was tainted with raw sewage.Operation Agua in puerto rico unsafe water source

Operation Agua in puerto rico unsafe water sourceSomething had to be done fast. Operation Blessing International, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and their local associates, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and the Hispanic Federation got together to bring Operation Agua to life.Operation Agua in puerto rico operation agua donationOperation Agua’s objective is to bring 100,000 individual water filtration systems and 50 large-capacity safe water devices to the victims of natural disasters. With the rising threat of a massive outbreak of waterborne diseases, Operation Agua had to be orchestrated and implemented with speed and efficiency.Operation Agua in puerto rico - woman receiving filterOperation Blessing International, one of the largest NGO in the United States helping in 39 countries around the world to alleviate human need and suffering, and the Operation Agua partners quickly established collaborations with manufacturers, organizations experienced in providing clean water across the globe, logistics companies, and regional and school-based infrastructure organizations.Operation Agua in puerto rico - school children getting clean waterThe electricity-free, easy-to-assemble and operate Clarity Water Filters were a perfect fit for Operation Agua. Young and old, school children, mothers, caregivers, basically everyone can benefit from the filters that are easily set-up in homes, schools, and community centers. The filtered water is 99% bacteria and protozoa free and provides up to 40 liters of safe drinking water per day.Operation Agua in puerto rico - child drinking from water bottleWhile the situation is still terrible, the community rebuilds their lives and homes little by little and the water filters take the worry of unsafe drinking water away from them.

Source: some photos are courtesy of Operation Blessing.

21 Comments

  1. NECESITO SABER COMO PUEDO OBTENER UNOS OPERATIONAGUA MARCA KOHLER PARA DONARLOS EN MI COMUNIDAD D MOCA, PUERTO RICO

  2. Dear Lucrecia, thank you for contacting us. Our partner in Puerto Rico will be in touch with you shortly. All the best, Designful Team.

  3. Donde puedo comprar las pastillas k vienen con los filtro ya k se me acabaron y mi mamá está de cama y ella toma la agua filtrada y por último cuál es el nombre de la pastilla pq probablemente un familiar me las pueda comprar por internet y si no hay k añadir las pastillas o sea si el filtro es suficiente cuando se usa con agua de acueducto y alcantarilla

  4. Dear Betsy, thank you for comment. One of our team members will get back to you soon with an answer. Kind regards, the Designful team

  5. Hi, I lead a christian school and I am also a board member of my church. Is there any posibility that we can arrange a distribution day at my church?

  6. Dear Janise, our team will be in touch with you regarding the distribution. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to check the Operation Agua list of distribution events for more information. Thank you for contacting us, the Designful team.

  7. Hola como puedo obtener el filtro de reemplazo y donde puedo conseguir otro para mi familia

  8. Me gustaría saber cómo puedo obtener unos operation agua marca Kohler para comerlos a través de nuestra Iglesia a nuestra comunidad en Juana Díaz.

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