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Charleston Non Profit Increases Safe Water to Flooding Victims In Malawi
3/9/2015 3:01:28 PM

Tizola, Malawi Flood Installation
Water Missions International (WMI) is doubling its response to the severe flooding that has immobilized southern Malawi over the past month. An agreement between WMI and UNICEF Malawi will increase safe water projects from eight communities in need to 17.

"We are all very grateful to our donor partners, especially UNICEF, for the funds providing urgently needed resources to victims of this disaster in Malawi. Our staff in Malawi has been working seven days a week to help alleviate the situation," said Will Furlong, WMI Director of African Programs.

WMI has been working alongside UNICEF to provide safe water for the people of Malawi. Eight safe water systems are being installed and will serve approximately 35,000 people in the districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje. The equipment producing safe water includes one Living Water™ Treatment System (LWTS™) that is capable of treating approximately 10,000 gallons of water per day and providing safe drinking water for 5,000 people per day. The LWTS™ is, in essence, a mini municipal water treatment plant that relies on filtration and chemical disinfection for production of safe drinking water. Along with the LWTS™, six Potable Water Chlorinators™ (PWC™) were installed to disinfect water and eliminate the threat of cholera and other waterborne diseases. The last PWC™ system is for a community located in Chigwamafumu that is only reachable by plane.  

The safe water systems provided by WMI automate the water production process increasing the volume of water produced by over 300% when compared to the widely used hand pump. Water quality test kits have also been sent, as well as solar panels, which will allow the water systems to rely on solar power as opposed to nonrenewable energy, which can create significant costs and maintenance requirements. Nixon Sinyiza, Water Missions Malawi's Country Director, is on the ground with a team of 10 working to provide safe water access to those impacted by the flooding.

"For WMI it is a privilege to minister to the needs of people faced with the challenges of displacement and relocation. We are so thankful to be able to meet needs, and when we see the excitement of people receiving safe water in the camps, it is so encouraging," said Sinyiza.

In addition to the aforementioned work, UNICEF has reached out to WMI requesting nine additional safe water systems. WMI is currently in conversation with UNICEF about the logistics of implementing these systems, which are estimated to provide another 40,000 people with safe water.

"The need is tremendous, and cholera is a constant threat. Because we have an established program in Malawi and permanent staff on the ground, we are in a unique position to respond to immediate needs and also provide long-term safe water solutions," said George Greene IV, PE, Water Missions International's President & Chief Operating Officer. "WMI has designed and built these safe water systems with sustainability in mind and the expectation that each system will carry a lifespan of approximately 15 to 20 years. We believe that God has equipped us with skills and resources to help people who are in need and has called us to serve those who are suffering."

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