Processing Magazine

U.S. Organization aids Pakistanis affected by flooding

February 2, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- EDGE Outreach, in partnership with the Association of Physicians of Pakistani descent of Kentucky and Indiana (APPKI) which is a Chapter of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani-Descent of North America (APPNA), has facilitated the donation and transportation of 50 water purification systems to the Pakistani villages that were nearly destroyed in recent flooding.

The purifiers were shipped from EDGE Outreach''s headquarters in Louisville to Chicago last night, and as of today, Wednesday, they are currently in route to Pakistan where thousands of people do not have safe drinking water, and the installation of these water purifiers will help them avoid sickness and death from waterborne disease. One of these self-contained mini water treatment plants can generate up to 38,000 liters of clean water each day, which is enough to provide 10,000 people with drinkable water.

In addition, EDGE and Louisville-based APPKI physician volunteers have been working on the ground in Pakistan since the flooding in 2010 to train the locals on how to install, operate, and maintain the purifiers, which will create a sustainable solution to the problem. This latest shipment puts the number of water purifiers that EDGE has sent to Pakistan since fall of 2010 over 100.

"This is our opportunity, as an organization and a country, to put religion and politics aside and focus on improving the quality of life for all citizens in Pakistan," says EDGE Outreach Executive Director Mark Hogg. "It is paramount that we share our knowledge of safe water systems with others in our quest to eliminate the lack of clean water in our world."

The water purification units developed by EDGE use a chlorine generator that uses ordinary salt (sodium chloride), and electrolysis that is powered by either 12-volt car battery or solar panel. The process of chlorinating water is 100% effective in killing disease causing pathogens.