Agua Pura along with partner organizations in Haiti have begun testing local water supplies in Haiti for contamination. Finding E. coli in the drinking water means that it is contaminated with fecal material and possibly Cholera. Thousands of people there have died of Cholera in the last few years, but with simple methods the cholera bacteria in the water can be killed.
Agua Pura is working with Hovard Guerrier of Haiti Compost Business, a local community based organization in Cap-Haitien. Hovard was trained in water purification methods by Agua Pura when he was a student in the U.S. and now is leading the way to bring safe drinking water to the families in his community.
First he will test local drinking water supplies including wells and surface waters for contamination. Then with that information Hovard and his staff will conduct community meetings to talk about what people can do to protect themselves against disease. They will also distribute Water Purification indicators (WAPIs) which show when water has reached the temperature of pasteurization and is safe to drink.