Issue: Nov 19, 1998
PALM DESERT, Calif., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- USFilter (NYSE: USF) continued to mobilize its largest-ever disaster relief effort this week, rushing thousands of gallons of drinking water as well as mobile water filtration and chlorination equipment to Central American countries devastated by Hurricane Mitch.
"A shortage of safe, potable drinking water is the most critical need right now in the area," said G.G. Pique, USFilter's vice president of Latin American operations. "We are sending as many supplies as we can, as fast as we can, in the most extensive relief effort we have ever coordinated in Latin America."
In Nicaragua, hardest hit by Hurricane Mitch, USFilter is working with the Red Cross and Catholic Charities to mobilize filtration and chlorination equipment to treat 100,000 gallons of water a day for drinking purposes. USFilter has also donated 10 chlorinators to disinfect river water and provide villages cut off by the rain with access to safe water. USFilter has provided emergency generators to power the equipment.
USFilter also rushed chlorination tablets to Costa Rica, which faces a critical shortage because the plant it had been receiving chlorine from in Nicaragua was destroyed in the storm. USFilter supplied Costa Rica with enough chlorination tablets to purify about one million gallons of water, most of which will be supplied to villages in remote locations.
And, at the request of the Honduran Embassy, USFilter has shipped more than 9,000 gallons of bottled water -- in one gallon bottles -- to that country.
"The requests for aid continue to pour in," said Pique. "USFilter's motto is taking care of the world's water, and we are committed to providing as much relief as we can."
United States Filter Corporation (NYSE: USF) is the leading global provider of commercial, industrial, municipal and residential water and wastewater treatment systems, products and services. USFilter has the industry's largest network of sales, service and manufacturing facilities through over 2,000 locations in 94 countries. USFilter is also the leading provider of outsourced water services including the operation of water and wastewater treatment systems at customer sites. It is also actively involved in the development of privatization initiatives for municipal water treatment facilities in the United States and around the world. USFilter, which is based in Palm Desert, Calif., invites you to visit its web site at http://www.usfilter.com.
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