HTI Teams With Donors to Deliver Water Filtration to Haiti

Hydration Technology Innovations, LLC (HTI), teamed with private donors to ship drinking water filtration systems to earthquake victims in Haiti.

The donations will provide thousands of single-use water filtration pouches as well as eight community supporting hydro-wells that can purify 5,600 liters (1,480 gallons) of water a day.

"With the help of the people at Full Life Crusades, we will be able to put these systems on the ground in Haiti where they are most needed."

HTI has developed several clean water delivery systems of which four different models will be taken to Haiti. These systems were used following Hurricane Katrina and are currently being used in military operations around the world. HTI's purification systems are powered by forward osmosis, the same process that allows trees to draw water from the ground.

"When the Dibners (private donors) contacted us with their desire to take these systems directly to Haiti, we began working with our contacts to see how we could deliver and deploy the systems immediately," said Walt Schultz, chief executive officer, Hydration Technology Innovations. "With the help of the people at Full Life Crusades, we will be able to put these systems on the ground in Haiti where they are most needed."

The HTI systems going to Haiti include: HydroPacks, an individual pouch that can be dropped into any water source and produce a 12 ounce electrolyte-enhanced therapeutic drink in just a few hours; X-Packs, multi-use hand-held filtration systems; and HydroWell Village, a larger, community support water system that requires no power and can provide enough water for several families.

All together, the donated supplies promise to provide at least 6,000 people one liter of clean drinking water each day.

"We already have one system in use at a Haiti orphanage and believe these additional systems will offer important relief to Haitians in need of drinkable water," said Nathan Jones, vice president Government Sales. "Our teams will be able to get these systems to the people and begin producing clean drinking water in a matter of hours upon arrival."

The first part of the filtration shipment will be loaded at the company's Albany, Ore., facility and then trucked to Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, where military transport will take them directly to Haiti. The remainder of the shipment including large canisters, along with HTI representatives will be leaving from Fort Pierce soon thereafter on a DC-3 operated by Missionary Flights International.

Once on the ground, HTI will have a team to unload, transport, set up and distribute the systems in conjunction with the International Medical Corps already operating near the Palace in Port-au-Prince.

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