Friday, April 1, 2011 – Kitakamicho Aikawa, Japan: Together with local authorities in Japan, CMAT team members successfully installed a Nomad water purification unit in the small fishing village.
The purchase of this portable water purification system manufactured by Noah Water Systems was made possible through the generous support of our donors, especially the Lotus Light Charity Society from Vancouver. The unit is capable of producing 25 gallons / 95 litres per minute or 36,000 gallons / 136,800 liters per day. The Nomad will satisfy the need for large volumes of safe drinking water using any fresh water source: well, lake, river, stream, and pond and even polluted floodwaters.
The unit is set up next to a school, which being used as an evacuation centre, housing 174 evacuees. Local authorities are working with the water company to establish a larger scale distribution system for the purified water. The reservoir and most of the water supply infrastructure was washed away in the tsunami and the local authorities and military estimate that it will take at least six months before the system is back up and running again. The nomad will supply water for the community during the reconstruction.
While the Nomad purification system has already been deployed and is now in place in Japan, CMAT continues to appeal to our generous donors for your assistance, to help offset the $20,000 purchase cost of the unit. Click here to donate now!
The initial acute phase of the disaster is now has transitioned to the chronic recovery phase. CMAT’s primary objective of providing initial disaster relief has been met, and much of the need now will be longer-term shelter and reconstruction planning, which requires long-term funding from other organizations.
Participation in this relief effort has been a good experience for CMAT and has provided invaluable lessons to enhance the effectiveness of future missions. Although preparation and safety of our teams is essential, disasters always result in the unexpected, and flexibility is needed to meet our objectives.