Mr. Rooter Plumbing and 3M Purification Inc. taught Haitians how to safely use their water while testing water sources, building water filters and establishing a micro-fund to help locals sell clean water throughout their village.
During the May 23-29 trip, they tested 10 wells in Haiti, discovering 45 percent of the water unsafe. Also high in bacteria, river water tested badly.
“The water was sickening,” said Mary Kennedy Thompson, president of Mr. Rooter Corporation. “You don’t want to put your hand in it, let alone drink it or use the water for cooking and taking baths.”
Using a chlorinator, Thompson and 3M Purification Inc. engineer Satish Chamyvelumani treated water while Toronto-based Mr. Rooter franchisee Derek Moreland taught Haitians how to make water filtration devices.