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Installation of emergency equipment
In the days following the hurricane, the French NGO ACTED approached the Veolia Foundation to organize a humanitarian emergency mission.
At the humanitarian platform in Massy-Palaiseau (91), where the Foundation stores its emergency equipment, a team of volunteers mobilized to prepare and pack 2 tonnes of water purification equipment and ensure its transport to Haiti.
A plane chartered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs left Paris on October 10, carrying:
- 6 Aquaforce 500 water purification units, with a capacity of 2 m3 per hour each
- 6 storage tanks, with a holding capacity of 3 m3 each
- Pumping equipment to transport and distribute water by truck
A second Veoliaforce volunteer joined the team a few days later, and at the same time, Veolia employees in Guadeloupe mobilized and offered their support to the Foundation.
On October 15, all the emergency equipment left Port-au-Prince to be dispatched to their deployment sites. The Aquaforce 500 units were carried aboard US Army helicopters, as road conditions were too uncertain to consider trucking.
The Veoliaforce team, accompanied by members of the NGO ACTED, left for Port-à-Piment by car to begin the theoretical and practical training, set up the equipment and quickly start the production and distribution of drinking water. Once all the units were up and running, the Veoliaforce team remained in support of ACTED staff for several weeks, to ensure they encountered no difficulties using the equipment.
A TV report about humanitarian aid in Haiti :
- Insuring access to safe drinking water: ACTED and Veolia Foundation install Aquaforce 500 water treatment units in the south of Haiti