ROTARY RESPONDS RAPIDLY WHEN DISASTER STRIKES
Members of the Rotary Club of Pwllheli, as part of International Service, are currently purchasing AQUABOXES and filling them with welfare items in partnership with local schools.
In disaster areas, too much water can take lives as easily as not enough. When disaster strikes, establishing a supply of safe drinking water is a priority. The most urgent single problem facing relief agencies is the provision of a supply of safe drinking water. The lack of, or disruption to, safe water supply or sanitation, creates an ideal breeding ground for waterborne disease. Cholera and Typhoid are the most virulent of these, but they are not the whole story. Often the problem can be a simple infection causing diarrhoea and leading to dehydration, particularly in the very young.
The Solution is AQUABOX, a robust plastic tank with water purification tablets and packed with essential welfare items for a disaster situation. Once the welfare contents have been removed, each AQUABOX can be used to purify up to 1100 litres of polluted water, making it safe and pleasant to drink. As an example, 1100 litres is equal to 5,000 cups - that is enough for a family of four people (drinking 10 cups per day) for about four months.
AQUABOX30 is for situations where the need is more prolonged or arises regularly, but permanent solutions cannot yet be provided. AQUABOX30 is supplied filled with 30 filter cartridges and the required water-treatment tablets. Typically AQUABOX30 is used under supervision in hospitals, clinics, schools and emergency field treatment centres.
Up to date details of all the disaster areas where aquaboxes are in use can be found at the Aquabox website.