ITT Sends Equipment to Help Chinese Quake Victims
ITT Corporation, a supplier of water and wastewater treatment solutions, has donated eight of the company's portable water purification units and replacement parts to areas of southwest China affected by the devastating earthquakes, according to a June 12 press release.
The equipment will be installed and used at selected relief shelters. The donated equipment will provide nearly 55,000 liters of safe drinking water per hour for quake victims living in the shelters, enough to satisfy more than 200,000 people. ITT executive leaders and technicians went to the Sichuan Province to train local workers to operate the equipment.
"The water quality situation in China's quake-affected region is dire and ITT is in a position to help. As a global leader in water treatment, we have the technology and expertise to make a difference in Sichuan Province," said Nick Hill, president of ITT's Motion & Flow Control group and leader of ITT's relief efforts in China. "We've learned a lot about the needs of natural disaster victims since our experience in Sri Lanka in 2004 and have dedicated time and resources to organize our ability to respond quickly in situations like these."
Water supply systems of more than 20 cities and towns in Sichuan Province have suffered critical damage. The Ministry of Water Resources recently said that more than 1 million people have no reliable source of drinking water in Sichuan's quake-affected areas. Four of the eight ITT water purification units will be installed in shelters in Pi County and the other four in Pengzhou City.