Emergency drinking water for disaster relief


Emergency drinking water for disaster relief

International Rescue Group's 56-foot ketch Tandemeer is en route to Haiti with two watermakers to provide portable uncontaminated water for the community on Haiti's southern island of Ile a Vache. All wells were contaminated by Hurricane Matthew and all cisterns were destroyed. Multple charities and missions that IRG works with on the ground are working to re-establish fresh water but it is a race against time with cholera already threatening from the mainland.

In the mainland town of Jeremie on the south coast, cholera is now killing children daily and the rate is accelerating.

IRG's flagship Thunderbird 5, a 97-foot ketch, is preparing to depart for Haiti and working with SPS Marine Supply Center in Fort Lauderdale to vastly increase our desalination and RO watermaking capability. 

Thunderbird 5's Chief Engineer Harrison Richardson is rebuilding her two powerful watermakers so that the vessel can lay at anchor and pump fresh, potable water to shore where presently people must treck across the island with buckets from the few working sources.

Gianny Torres of SPS Marine Supply Centre is advising and supporting our effort on two IRG boats to help ready us for sail, and putting IRG in touch with Village Marine who manufacture watermakers. 

We have a plan in development to create the largest mobile fresh water organization in the Caribbean and roll the plan our in 2017 with multiple boats for island and coastal support of disaster-hit communities and areas that need help. Just one of our boats can make 6,000 litres of potable water per day and we plan to expand on that considerably with multiple boats.

IRG S/V Thunderbird 5's Chief Engineer Harrison Richardson working on a Village Marine watermaker in the engine room.

IRG Advisor Gianny Torres of SPS Marine Supply Center, an expert on Reverse Osmosis watermakers, demonstrates rebuild procedure to 3 of IRG's volunteer technicians.

Location: Hollywood, Florida
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Latest Activity: Aug 24, 2017

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