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DALLAS, Texas -- Throughout the month of October, certain
sections of Mexico suffered the worst floods in recent history. The
affected areas were fraught with mudslides, homes were buried under
debris, and highways were destroyed. There was a complete disruption
of services, with victims numbering in the hundreds of thousands.
Ground water was contaminated with dirt and raw sewage swept up by
the flooding. Mexican health officials say one of the most immediate
needs is the supply of potable water as the danger of multiple
epidemics becomes prevalent.
Global Water Technologies, which produces high-quality water
filtration systems, received inquiries from the Rotary Clubs in
Mexico concerning the availability of equipment to help in those
They immediately offered to send the "Village-200B system," a
completely mobile and simple to operate unit, with the capacity to
purify 4,500 gallons of water per day. This offer was given to the
Mexican authorities, specifically to the State of Puebla, who sent a
formal request for help.
The unit was packed and shipped to Mexico, with the assistance of
Mr. Luis Ortiz Monasterio, Mexican Consul in Dallas, and AeroMexico,
who took care of the transportation. The coordination of the
operation was handled by the Virreyes Rotary Club in Mexico City.
As soon as the unit arrived in Mexico, it was taken high up into
the Sierra Madre mountains to the municipality of Huauchinago. The
location is approximately 200 miles outside Mexico City, which has
been the center of logistical support for the victims, and lies in
the center of the most affected areas.
Norberto Kanner, Vice President of International Marketing for
Global Water Technologies, showed the authorities how to operate the
system, and within twenty minutes the unit started providing high
quality drinking water to the inhabitants of the most devastated
The Village-200B system is being taken daily to different cities
throughout the flood-ridden areas, and is helping to provide pure
water for drinking and cooking. Kanner says it will be actively used
without cost to the Mexican people until the local water systems are
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