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AWT Members Visit Haiti

Yesterday, August 8, AWT President-Elect, Marc Vermeulen, CWT, and Charity Task Force member Jason St. Cyr, CWT traveled to Port-au-Prince Haiti, where they have begun AWT’s first trip with Pure Water for the World (PWW). Focused on bringing clean and safe water to underserved communities, PWW is currently working in Cite Soleil.

AWT observing how the biosand filters are assembled at the PWW field office.

Marc and Jason’s journey began by visiting the PWW team offices, where they learned about the biosand filters that are used in the field. Since resources in this area are scarce, it is critical to have an affordable and practical solution for water filtration. These filters are easy to assemble and use low-cost materials, making accessibility and installation a realistic prospect in areas without any modern water infrastructure. The AWT team also visited the water quality testing lab, where they were able to learn about PWW’s current process as well as provide valuable feedback from the perspective of a water treatment professional.

President-Elect Marc Vermeulen, CWT (left) and Jason St. Cyr, CWT, take a moment to meet Madame Claudile Julien and her daughters, recipients of one of PWW’s biosand filters.

After touring the office facilities and enjoying some local fare, Marc and Jason headed onsite to visit Cite Soleil. Here they were able to speak with some of the beneficiaries of the PWW program who have been experiencing clean water for almost two years as a result of the charity’s efforts.

Tomorrow the team will be traveling to the rural community of Trianon to do some monitoring and perform water quality testing. Their journey has just begun, and updates will be posted to the AWT news section as more information comes in.

Want to see a PWW biosand filter in person? Want to hear details about Marc and Jason’s trip? Want to learn how you can become involved? Be sure to visit the PWW booth (#338) in the exhibit hall at the AWT annual convention in Grand Rapids. A working biosand filter will be on display, and the PWW team will be happy to answer any of your questions. Also, on Friday September 15 at 2:00 pm, Marc and Jason will be presenting their experience and discuss how AWT can have a profound charitable impact. For more details or to register for the conference, visit the AWT website.