Operation Medical Shelter

First Water is proud to say that we were the only water purification Company honored to participate in this national exercise. We stand ready to serve all those in need during times of water disruption.

Boil Water Advisory Impacts Hospital, Food Service

Heavy rains in Danville, VA impacted the cities ability to provide safe drinking water to Danville Regional Medical Center as well as other businesses.  Read the full story here: http://articles.wdbj7.com/2012-03-27/water-notice_31246549


Flooding is a major concern to municipalities, critical facilities and businesses.  During severe floods or even heavy rains, municipal water treatment facilities can become compromised.  In Danville, a large amount of harmful chemicals like fertilizer from early spring planting mixed with heavy rains, overloaded the water treatment facility, and in turn compromised the city water supply.  A boil water advisory was issued to the community.

Businesses were immediately impacted.  All water used for cooking and food preparation had to be boiled before use.  Ice production was no longer possible and ice was shipped in from outside sources.  While local businesses were convienent, Danville Regional Medical Center was under a state of emergency.

Healthcare facilities and hospitals face the unique challenge of caring for patients under any circumstance.  Inconviences can quickly turn into critical situations.  When a hospital looses water, many critical functions are impacted.  From patient care to laboratories to dialysis to food service, safe and clean water is essential.  Hospital CEO, Eric Deaton, said that the facility was using 60 gallons of water every minute.  That equates to 170 thousand gallons each day.  Finding a constant water source to supply demand can quickly become challenging.

First Water offers a line of portable water purification systems that equip hospitals to manage water disruptions and boil water advisories in-house.  Our systems utilize advanced water filtration technologyand ultraviolet disinfection to provide safe drinking water in the wake of emergencies.  We have equipped over 400 commercial hospitals and various state agencies to manage water disruption with their own emergency water purification systems.  Recently, Minot, ND, Nashville, TN and Toledo, ORhave deployed First Water equipment when heavy rains and floods impacted city water treatment much like in Danville.

Toledo Fire Department Deploys First Water Equipment

On January 19 the City of Toledo, Oregon issued a 48 water conservation notice to the public.   After three days of heavy rains and flooding, the city water treatment facility had become inundated with mud and debris from the storm drainage system.  Fire Chief Will Ewing explained that the water supply had become so muddy that it could no longer be treated.

During the event, the Toledo Fire Department deployed it’s FW-720-M, water purification unit capable of 720 gallons per hour.  The city had purchased the equipment during the previous budget cycle with a combination of city funds and grant money.  They system was set up at a local fire station and rainwater was diverted from a roof top into a 3,000 gallon Supply Station where it was held prior to treatment.  Approximately 1,500 gallons was collected.  After the water was treated, it was packaged in 3 gallon AquaBags for final distribution to the public.

To ensure water quality, samples were tested at the city water treatment facility.  Water treated with the FW-720-M was shown to exceed the standards set by the city for drinking water.  “The system works and the water tastes great” said Ewing.