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Companies team to provide water treatment to Haiti

H2O Innovation and 3M Purification are providing a mobile water treatment unit to support Project HOPE’s humanitarian efforts in Haiti.


February 16, 2011
by PLANT STAFF

H2O Innovation’s mobile water treatment unit destined for relief work in Haiti.

Photo: H2O Innovation

QUEBEC CITY:
H2O Innovation Inc. and 3M Purification Inc. have teamed up to provide a mobile water treatment unit to support Project HOPE’s humanitarian programs in Haiti.

H2O Innovation, a Quebec City-based manufacturer of water treatment systems designed, built and will deliver the trailer-based system that produces drinking water from surface, underground or brackish water sources.

3M Purification (formerly CUNO), a manufacturer of advanced depth filtration systems and membrane-based separations based in Meriden, Conn., provided funding for the unit’s raw material and equipment. H2O Innovation will provide training to Project HOPE’s local staff.
Last year a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, killing almost 100,000 people and leaving up to 1.8 million homeless.

The companies said the water treatment unit, assembled at the H2O Innovation plant in Ham-Nord, Que., will produce enough drinkable water to ensure the daily operations of a field hospital, or to deliver a volume of drinking water equivalent to 35,000 bottles.

It’s equipped with 3M Purification filters and cartridges, and designed to be operated in the roughest conditions. The unit hitches to a pick-up truck or other vehicle so it can be moved around Haiti as needed and a gasoline generator provides power in areas where there’s no electricity.

Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) provides medical training, health education and humanitarian assistance programs in more than 35 countries.
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