ALL DONATIONS GO DIRECTLY TO GETTING FRESH WATER AND SUPPLIES TO THOSE IN PUERTO RICO AND THE CARIBBEAN AFFECTED BY THE RECENT HURRICANES IN SUPPORT OF WAVES FOR WATER HURRICANE RELIEF INITIATIVE.
Active supporters of Waves for Water include surfers Dylan Graves, Otto Flores, and Ben Bourgeois.
FROM WAVES FOR WATER:
Together with colleagues from the region, that have become friends over the years, we are launching an emergency response initiative to provide access to clean drinking water.
“We feel an obligation to help,” Graves said. “We’ve assembled a W4W team in Puerto Rico with locals we’ve recruited and guys from outside and we’re spreading filters, reaching out to communities in need who don’t have water — or who get their water from wells. That’s who’s getting the dirtiest water. We have enough filters right now for 70,000 people and more are on the way.”
Because we understand that the first few weeks are crucial in stemming the spread of waterborne diseases and life threatening dehydration, we plan to launch our response in three phases:
1. The first phase is designed to mitigate the immediate suffering of the most impacted families, by implementing portable water filtration systems in communities (both to shelters and residences still left standing) living at or below the poverty line. These are communities that already needed our program prior to any disaster, making them the least equipped to handle a catastrophe, such as Irma and Maria. We have seen this scenario many times in Haiti, most recently with Hurricane Matthew last year, and it is the little underserved “forgotten” communities that really feel the worst of what these events have to offer.
2. After we have addressed the immediate need for clean water, phase two will serve to address breakdowns in water infrastructure through the creation of large and centrally-located water depots. These are big systems that can serve entire communities, rather than just one household.
3. The third phase will analyze data that has been compiled throughout the first two phases, allowing us to design and implement long-term mechanisms to change the way water is accessed for years to come – such as rainwater harvesting systems, borehole wells, and/or desalinization systems.