Zenon Environmental and Maytag are donating water filtration systems to aid in relief efforts in Katrina-affected Mississippi and Louisiana. Water purification products maker Zenon (Oakville, Ontario, Canada) sent 40 of its Homespring central water filtration systems to Louisiana. Maytag, Zenon's distributor in North America, will match the donation and send an additional shipment of 40 units.
Six public schools and several churches in Hancock and Harrison Counties will be the initial sites for the filtration system. Several disaster relief housing centers in the New Orleans area are being considered. The first shipment of water treatment systems arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S., where it is being staged for installation. Zenon's technicians arrived to commence installation of some of the units, while training local technicians to set up the remainder of the equipment.
Zenon says the unique central water filtration systems will help prevent further spread of bacteria-borne and parasitic diseases, which constitute a major health problem for survivors and rescue teams.
"We're eager to help our fellow neighbors get through this devastating natural disaster," said Zenon Chairman and CEO Andrew Benedek. "Clean water is always important, but even more so at times like these. Thanks to the help of a number of our partners, we will all be able to provide assistance to survivors and rescue teams to help improve relief efforts and save lives."
"We at Maytag are equally committed to ensuring that people everywhere have access to clean water, not only for consumption but also for personal hygiene purposes," added Sean Kruuv, general manager of Maytag's Central Water Filtration North American operations. "These systems will be installed in identified locations where people can have easy access to a supply of clean, safe water."
Each Maytag-Homespring filtration system can produce as much as 5,000 gallons of water per day. When deployed in accessible public locations, the 80 units are capable of providing clean, safe drinking water to approximately 600,000 people. This residential central water filtration system is the same technology that can be found in more than 100 municipal drinking water plants around the world. The same type of Homespring units were used in relief camps in the Tsunami-ravaged areas of the Pacific earlier this year, where they continue to provide residents with safe, clean water.
"I would like to personally thank all the individuals and organizations who have worked so diligently with us over the last few days to help expedite the process of delivering and installing these units," continued Mr. Benedek.
In addition to Maytag's donation, Mr. Benedek named several other organizations that were instrumental in the initiative, including:
The staff of Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco.
Environmental Technical Sales (ETEC), Zenon's representative in Louisiana and Mississippi, for their assistance in coordination along with their efforts in working with local contractors for installation of the units.
FOP Development and Reynolds, Inc. for their assistance in the Mississippi area.
The Naval ROTC Unit, University of Florida, Class of 76/77 who helped arrange transportation of the units with Northwest Airlines.
Northwest Airlines for its donation of space on their flight from Toronto, Canada to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Empire Transportation for delivering the shipment from Zenon's warehouse in Burlington, Canada to the airport.
In addition, there are local groups on the ground helping with storage and identification of installation sites, including:
Mississippi Baptist Convention
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