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Severn Trent Services donates water treatment system to Haitian teaching hospital

July 9, 2013
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Severn Trent Services recently partnered with Operation Blessing International (OBI), a global humanitarian organization, to install and commission a ClorTec®T-6 Series sodium hypochlorite generation disinfection system for the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais in Mirebalais, Haiti. The system is capable of producing six pounds of sodium hypochlorite per day, which can disinfect up to 165,000 gallons of water daily for the hospital. The recently completed 300-bed teaching hospital will provide primary care services to about 185,000 people and secondary and tertiary care to all of central Haiti and areas in and around Port-au-Prince.

“Our ClorTec electrolytic technology is ideal for use in isolated locations where water purification, waste treatment or surface disinfection is required,” said Jean-Paul Monali, product manager for Severn Trent Services. “Severn Trent Services and Operation Blessing have been longtime partners doing philanthropic work in Haiti. We are just happy to help continue to make clean, safe drinking water available to communities in need.”

OBI, which first provided humanitarian services in Haiti in 2009 at the request of Partners in Health, drilled five water wellsfor the new hospital. The wells included a primary hospital well and backup, an off-site well for hospital staff housing and two community wells for public use. While the primary well was being drilled, OBI also funded construction of the hospital’s cistern and delivered several truckloads of drinking water every day for over a month.

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A Severn Trent technician and OBI staff worked together on the installation and commissioning of the system. OBI continues to provide technical support and maintenance for the water system, ensuring the hospital has water that meets the U.S. standards for water quality available at every tap.

As one of the technologies that recently earned Severn Trent Services a Global Water & Wastewater Disinfection Systems Technology Leadership Award from Frost and Sullivan, ClorTec on-site hypochlorite generation systems are the most reliable and efficient in the industry.