06 Oct 2017: First order placed for 100 families
The first order has been placed for 100 water filters! That is 100 families, approximately 300 people, that will have access to a clean water source in the coming week. The filters will be distributed by the Institute for Socio-Ecological Research in the Caribbean (ISER-Caribe) in the Island.
We are now working on a second round! We still have 900 families to reach, and we need as much support as possible to achieve this!
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I donate?
We welcome donations of any amount via Venmo or PayPal.
What type of filter will be provided and how does it work?
We are providing Sawyer Mini Filters which can be attached to an included drinking pouch or a standard soda bottle. The filter removes 99.99999% of all bacteria (such as salmonella, cholera, leptospirosis, and E.coli) and 99.9999% of all protozoa (such as giardia and cryptosporidium.)
We are also aiming to begin shipping Sawyer OnePoint Filters which can filter up to 500 gallons a day and can be used as a community water source. These are compatible with a 5 gallon water bucket.
How are filters being distributed in the island?
As long as donations allow, we will be placing orders weekly and shipping directly to the island, where volunteers will distribute to families in need. The Institute for Socio-Ecological Research in the Caribbean (ISER-Caribe) is currently assisting with distribution.
It’s been weeks since the Hurricane Maria. Are these still needed?
Yes. Close to half the population of Puerto Rico is without clean drinking water. These filters will each allow one family to filter water that would be otherwise undrinkable and prevent illness.
How else can I help?
Spread the word through your networks! We have found that by talking directly to friends and family, we can motivate them to help. Remind them that one filter provides clean water for one family!