A woman holds her child on one side, a bottle of salty water turned safe on the other.

Salty Water Made Drinkable in Puerto Rico

A woman holds her child on one side, a bottle of salty water turned safe on the other.

PUERTO RICO – The community of La Perla in San Juan, Puerto Rico, sits right on the ocean. But while the 300 families who call La Perla home had a beautiful view of the water, after Hurricane Maria hit the island they had absolutely none to drink.

Operation Blessing arrived in Puerto Rico shortly after the hurricane struck bringing immediate relief in the form of solar lanterns to light up the darkness. After assessing the need for drinking water, OBI procured nine water purification units.

Parker Village Marine manufactures the seven Aqua Whisper Model 1800’s and the two Aqua Matic Model 1800’s that an Operation Blessing relief team is using in Puerto Rico. For decades, Parker has been the exclusive supplier of desalination equipment for the U.S. Navy. Now, this equipment is helping the people of Puerto Rico in their time of need.

The Parker Village Marine Aqua Matic that Operation Blessing installed in La Perla.

OBI’s team installed one of these desalination units in La Perla, drawing salty water right from the ocean and making it suitable for drinking. Operation Blessing is hard at work identifying locations with the greatest need to install the rest of the units—delivering safe water to the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of this historic storm.

An Operation Blessing staff member gets the desalination unit up and running.

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7 Responses

  1. Jesus

    Thank you for what you are doing in my Island. My family is from the west coast and they don’t have running water and the store run out of it last week. Are you planing to put some of those machines in the west. They will be also very helpful in the islands/town of Vieques and Culebra.

  2. Joann

    How much does one of these machines cost..? Could they not be bought w/donations and put in villages..? Meanwhile, what about water purification tablets to make water safe..?

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