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Typhoon Silver Lining: Safe Water For Generations

Compassionate engineers of Water Missions International respond to Philippine disaster with safe water supplies for today + solutions for tomorrow.

“I look forward to the day when we can look back on Typhoon Haiyan and say, ‘Out of that wall of water that killed thousands came safe water that is
saving millions.’”

George Greene III, P.E., Ph.D.
Co-Founder/CEO Water Missions Intl.

Charleston, S.C. (November 25, 2013)—Millions in the Philippines are homeless….thousands are dead….devastation is indescribable. Can we dare to hope for a silver lining in Typhoon Haiyan? Modern history--and the engineers of Water Missions Internationalsay YES…today’s suffering can motivate tomorrow’s solutions.

Consider the impact of other monster storms: In the wake of the giant tsunami in 2004, Indonesia has implemented a new disaster-management strategy that could save countless lives in the future. Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans in 2005, sparked a spirit of reform and poverty relief in the Big Easy. The list goes on.

So, what is the silver lining in Typhoon Haiyan? Life-saving, long-term safe water solutions.

Months before the most powerful storm on record slammed into the Philippines, experts worldwide warned of impending doom in the Philippines that could kill millions. The “Asian Water Development Outlook 2013 Report”—released on World Water Day, March 22, 2013—sounded the alarm for an “imminent water crisis” in the region if immediate steps were not taken to improve water quality and management (Asian Water Development Outlook 2013 Report). 

“When Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the Philippines, we already had engineers on the ground in the region working to design and implement strategic, long-term, safe water solutions,” said chemical engineer George Greene III, co-founder and CEO of Water Missions International, a nonprofit, Christian relief and development engineering organization, providing sustainable safe water and sanitation solutions for people in developing countries and natural disasters. “Of course, our immediate focus shifted to helping the Super Typhoon Haiyan victims simply survive,” said Greene, whose organization has responded to every major natural disaster since 2001.

Water Missions International has activated emergency water supply efforts helping victims in the hardest hit areas. By Thanksgiving, the organization will have mobilized additional equipment and staff to serve

63 Philippine communities and a total of 315,000 people with their daily drinking water needs now--and for up to 20 years after installation--with training of local residents by Water Missions staff and engineers.

This kind of immediate and sustainable solutions is what corporate sponsors like Fed Ex, and partners like Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse and The Pentair Foundation say motivate them to work alongside Water Missions International.

Water Missions is hoping that today’s outreach to meet the immediate needs of the Philippines, will stimulate increased awareness of and support for efforts to head-off an even worse, yet preventable disaster. “Water-borne diseases threaten to claim far more lives in the Philippines than Typhoon Haiyan. If we heed the warnings now and act, we can give them safe drinking water and sanitation for generations to come,” said Greene, who looks forward to the day when we can look back on Typhoon Haiyan and say, “Out of that wall of water that killed thousands came safe water that is saving millions.” 

Water Missions International, led and staffed by top engineers from across the U.S., is currently seeking support for immediate and long-term safe water solutions in the Philippines. For more information and contributions, visit watermissions.org/haiyan

MEDIA CONTACTS/RESOURCES:

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Julie Johnson
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Water Missions International
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· About Water Missions International

Water Missions International is a nonprofit Christian engineering organization providing sustainable safe water and sanitation solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas. Using state-of-the-art technology and engineering expertise, the organization has provided access to safe water for more than 2.4 million people in 49 countries on five continents since 2001. Water Missions International implements customized solutions through a comprehensive community development model in its ten permanent country programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Notably, Charity Navigator has awarded Water Missions International their top rating seven years in a row, a distinction shared by only two percent of the charities rated by the organization. To learn more about Water Missions International, visit www.watermissions.org.

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