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Aqua Plan: Could Cell Phones Help Aid Workers Ensure Haiti's Supply of Clean Drinking Water? [Slide Show]

One aid group working in Haiti is turning to SMS text messaging to ensure Haitians are keeping their drinking water free of cholera-causing bacteria
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HUMAN TOUCH

After writing the software for DSI's mobile data-collection system in August, Berkeley's Holstius traveled to Haiti to test it. "It's absolutely important to understand the culture where you're deploying something like this," he says.....[ More ]

WATER FROM A BOREHOLE

It takes 30 minutes for one seven-milliliter capful of Gadyen Dlo solution to kill enough microbes in 19 liters of water for that water to be potable. "It's simple, it works and it's cheap," Ritter says.....[ More ]

COMBATING CHOLERA

In addition to delivering chlorine to Haiti's National Directorate of Water Supply and Sanitation (DINEPA) , the government's water and sanitation authority, DSI also delivered chlorine to other organizations such as the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) , Samaritan's Purse and Save the Children .....[ More ]

STILL WATER

DSI and other aid organizations in Haiti focus on treating water at the home rather than at the source because, even if the water sources could be decontaminated, there is a risk of recontamination as the water is brought back to the home.....[ More ]

YOUNG WATER COLLECTORS AT A RIVER IN HAITI

DSI's Gadyen Dlo system serves more than 35,000 families in Haiti (roughly 160,000 people). The organization is hoping to increase this coverage through efficiencies gained by adding SMS text messaging and data management to their distribution and monitoring processes.....[ More ]

GADYEN DLO

Given that few Haitians have access to clean drinking water piped into their homes, aid agencies such as Deep Springs International (DSI) promote the chlorination of water gathered from wells, rivers and streams to make that water potable.....[ More ]

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