Kentucky Ice Storm

Natural disasters often leave critical infrastructures and utilities compromised.  Water is a primary need for any community or facility in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.  It is necessary not only of immediate survival, but also for efficient recovery.  The ability to provide safe drinking water to impacted citizens, emergency personnel, and community infrastructure will greatly improve any response.

First Water is proud to be emergency water purification partners with the Kentucky Hospital Association.  We have worked to develop a regional solution to support Kentucky hospitals during disasters like the current ice storm.  Water purifiers capable of treating up to 1,200 gallons per hour coupled with Chlorine injection systems provide the state with a comprehensive solution that is easy to deploy as needed.

In support of the KHA, First Water has deployed personnel and assets to the area impacted by the ice storm.  We are staged for support in any water disruption that may be encountered.

Inside Scoop on Clean Water

First Water founder Tom Flaim recently presented water purification solutions on Washington D.C. based Emerald Planet.  Emerald Planet is a non profit organization committed to identifying 1,000 best practices to arrest, and possible reverse the impacts of climate change.  The EmeraldPlanet works in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in collaboration with the PanAmerican-PanAfrican Association (Pa/Pa), a 501(c)(3) organization. They engage the world community through internet and television broadcasts, publishing, education, research, training, idea exchanges, competitions, and advocacy.

Clean water advocacy is a large part of sustainability discussion.  The First Water solution has been applied across the globe in many capacities.  It places solar powered water purification in villages and communities in need.  Learm more through Emerald Planet and in the video below.

Hospital Water Disruption Best Practices

The California Hospital Association recently released guidelines and best practices for preparing for and responding to a water disruption.  California is especially interested water sustainability, as it is a scarce resource in the state.  Northers California is susceptible to earthquakes that could disrupt 85% of the Bay Area’s water supply.  The Los Angeles area gets 85% of it’s water from the Los Angeles aqueduct system, which could be easily damaged in a natural disaster.

Healthcare providers across the county are faces with the same challenges as California.  Emergency Managers must put plans in place that account for most any water disruption event.  The fragile infrastructure in our country makes events like boil water advisories common.  The American Water Works Association estimates that there are an average of 15 water main breaks per 100 miles of water main each year.  Coupled with a natural disaster that damages transportation corridors, healthcare facilities must be self reliant for the 96 hour window.

First Water provides a suite of Water Purification solutions developed exclusively for the healthcare industry.  The Healthcare Facility Configurations create a turnkey solution for emergency managers.  Mobile Trailer Solutions give mobility and flexibility to deployments.