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Safe Water Solutions
SWS is a simple, affordable and effective intervention.
Preventing re-contamination with a chlorine residual, SWS keeps
properly stored water safe for 24 hours after treatment.
As a dilute chlorine solution, SWS decreases the
incidence of diarrhea by approximately 50% by inactivating bacteria,
viruses, and most parasites. One capful of solution typically treats
20 liters of water (roughly 5 gallons), which is the size of most
jerry cans and containers people use to obtain and store their water.
Most people in the developing world obtain their
water from a central source, such as a well, borehole, pump, lake,
or river and carry it home in jerry cans or other containers.
During transport and storage, even water from a
clean source often becomes contaminated. Contaminated surface water
sources and large, poorly functioning municipal water distribution
systems contribute to the transmission of water-related diseases.
Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) is
an extremely effective solution that rehydrates children and adults
and replenishes body fluids. ORS was hailed as “one of the
great public health success stories of our time" by Dr. Gro
Brundtland, the former Director-General of WHO.
|COST: It cost
around US $2.50 per child per month to supply them with enough
SWS and ORS to keep them alive. UCT can purchase the products
in Haiti directly from PSI and they will be collected by our
trusted Haiti representatives.