Parker Hannifin Corporation has partnered with the Philippines Red Cross to deploy and commission a disaster recovery reverse osmosis water filtration system (watermaker) to provide clean water to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). The typhoon made land fall on November 8, 2013 as a category five “super typhoon” and displaced 4.1 million people with a death toll surpassing 6,000 people. The Parker supplied water filtration system was successfully installed January 6, 2014 in one of the worst hit areas near Tacloban City in Palo, Leyte Province. Parker representatives provided on-site training to local Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH-WATSAN) Red Cross staff who will maintain the system to accommodate ongoing water needs. Basic service restoration is in progress with many outlying areas still without power and water.
The Parker system will serve as a primary source of water production for the Leyte Province, providing up to 20,000 gallons of safe, potable water per day from a fresh water canal. The water will be distributed regionally with water tanker trucks and approximately 40 strategically located water distribution bladders supplied by the Red Cross.
“We are pleased to contribute to the relief efforts by providing clean, potable water to the people of the Philippines who have been devastated by the recent typhoon. Parker’s disaster recovery, reverse osmosis watermakers hold great promise in delivering consistently clean water from a fully contained system that is easy to transport, install and maintain, and can use nearly any water source to produce temporary or emergency potable water wherever it is needed.”
Peter Popoff, Parker’s Filtration Group President
Parker’s proven filtration and instrumentation technologies are able to support the entire process of collecting, purifying and testing water from local sources to assist relief efforts. The company also supplies customizable watermakers to serve additional markets including commercial marine, offshore oil and gas, military applications and land-based operations.
Similar water purification systems have been deployed to assist in other recovery efforts in partnership with various relief agencies. Parker deployed one of its first disaster relief filtration systems to assist the United States Army’s efforts in Biloxi, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Additional systems have been deployed to support United States Coast Guard ships providing water to those affected by the Haitian earthquake in 2011, as well as installations to support NASA (part of FEMA), the EPA, and the United States Navy, Department of Interior and Army. To learn more about Parker’s water purification capabilities, visit: Parker Bioscience and Water Filtration Division website.
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