The Haiti earthquake occurred in Port-Au-Prince on January 12th, 2010. As engineers, the way Embry-Riddle was most able to respond to this humanitarian crisis was by providing clean, safe drinking water. We have installed community water systems in Haiti over several summer trips, and these are our different installation and maintenance trips.
The summer of 2018, our team travels to Haiti’s’ third biggest city for the third time to install an other purifier at an orphanage serving around 250 children and creating a micro business. as one of the photos pictured above expresses “sky water” as the new brand name for the purified water!
The team installed an off-grid Reverse Osmosis (RO) system in the Artibonite Valley which is North-Western Haiti. This was the heart of the Cholera break out in October of 2010. This was our most challenging source water to purify because of high sediment content coming directly from the Artibonite River. The 2017 presentation slides describe the rural setting where a retail micro-business is still operating today.
This provided an increased capacity Reverse Osmosis (RO) system to our 2015 partner in Gonaives Haiti. They are currently operating the most sophisticated retail water selling business to-date with 3 full-time employees and multiple distribution sites.
We delivered a similar membrane filter design to World Renewal International based in Gonaives, Haiti. This system provided 10gpm of clean water but soon after installation the well suffered from saltwater intrusion. The following February, our installation partner delivered our first Reverse Osmosis (RO) system to make the brackish well water drinkable.
Our unit was installed at Dayspring Mission in Croix de Boquets, a suburb of Port Au Prince, Haiti. The unit delivers 10 gallons per minute and provides 5-gallon bottles to three retail sites. This wholesale business model represents our greatest business success to-date.
The unit was installed in Michaud, Haiti at the Ryan Epps Home for Children. This is a 14gpm unit powered entirely by the sun which means nearly zero recurring cost to operate the unit. This is ideal for starting a sustainable micro-business. This system combined with the micro-business provides clean, safe drinking water and also create jobs, generate recurring income, and improve community health.
Our teams system provides 14 gpm of clean, safe water to an Internally Displaced People (IDP) camp named Onaville. The purifier is in daily operation delivering roughly 15,000 gallons per day. Onaville was the largest tent city in Haiti during post-earthquake Haiti. This is our most successful trip from a partnership standpoint, a purifier standpoint, and also an academic standpoint.
Our team of students designed and installed a 4gpm unit powered entirely from the sun. We installed it at the Anne Clemande Children's Foundation in Chambellan, Haiti. They operate a children's home and school with approximately 600 children and staff. They had no access to clean drinking water.
Embry-Riddle students delivered a 1 gallon-per-minute (gpm) water purifier powered entirely from the sun. It was a valuable success for over 150 college student volunteers who traveled to Haiti that summer to help the disaster relief effort. The Nehemiah Vision Ministries camp upgraded to a 10gpm unit for greater capacity.