Clean water a priority in earthquake-ravaged country
International aid agencies and others are racing against the clock to get vital water supplies to the earthquake-hit country of Haiti. A lack of clean drinking water and thirst emerges as a major threat a month after the disaster. Most Haitians received water from wells or tanker delivery, but the fragile water infrastructure has been damaged and the treatment works shut down because no electricity is available.
“You can live without food for weeks, but without water days,” said Ivars Jaunakais, president of industrial test systems with ITS.
Industrial Test Systems, Inc. (ITS) is sending its products, more than 20,000 drinking water test strips, to Haiti and has slashed prices a few pennies per test. Medical workers, volunteers and victims can use these test trips to determine if water is safe to drink.
Water can be treated until it is determined by the test strips that levels are safe for humans to drink. ITS products are being used on the ground to test for chlorine and bacteria levels in portable field-testing systems.