Nepal Disaster Response

First Water is working with Mercy Chefs to mobilize emergency water purification systems and strike teams to the regions impacted by Typhoon Haiyan.  The need for clean water is extreme and immediate.  If you would like to donate water purifiers to the relief effort, or if you need equipment to support an ongoing operation please give us a call at 770-442-8257.

Below you will find the equipment best suited for response to the Philippines.  All items are available for immediate shipment.  Our non-profit partners are processing donations and equipment deployment.

Clean Sip Straws

These are water purification systems contained in a straw.  Easy to deploy and distribute, they are ideal as a donation item for immediate shipment to the region for distribution to the population.

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Solar powered water purification unit contained in a rugged, briefcase sized case.  It weighs 60 lbs and is capable of producing 2 gallons per minute.  It is ideal for supporting response teams headed to the region.  It can be checked as airline luggage and serve the drinking water, hygiene and food preparation need of response crews as well as typhoon victims.

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This unit has a capacity of 20 gallons per minute and is ideal for a larger, coordinated effort.  It can support communities and villages, public points of distribution and infrastructure such as hospitals and medical shelters.

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Exceptional Water Quality

A key consideration in deploying water purification solutions is the quality of water produced.  First Water strives to deliver the best possible water by utilizing advanced purification technologies coupled with UV disinfection.  Each emergency water purifier has been independently certified to stringent NSF protocols and ships with a certificate of testing. Read more

Introducing Emergency Drinking Water Program

Designed specifically for Healthcare Coalitions, the Hospital Emergency Drinking Water Program replaces the expensive and ineffective reliance on bottled water for water main breaks and emergencies that has repeatedly failed. On-site water purification equipment is the modern way to reduce cost, free up storage space, and eliminate impossible delivery logistics.

The entire solution can be moved by one person in any automobile to any location in need. This perfect solution for your Coalition can be stored at a central hospital and delivered to any other hospital or Long Term Care facility in minutes.

Environmental Protection Online Highlights First Water

Med Sled® announced its new partnership as a value added reseller of First Water® mobile water filtration systems. Med Sled® has been developing products to support evacuations during worst-case scenarios; through this partnership, the company will address customers’ crucial need for sustainability during emergency operations by offering complete water filtration solutions.

“A clean source of water is a critical element for patient care whether you are sheltering in place or evacuating,” said Joe Pandolfo, president of Med Sled®. “With over 850 water disruptions in U.S. facilities every day, we want to ensure this resource is available to those who need it. As a result of this new partnership with First Water, Med Sled is now able to offer our customers fully integrated water purification solutions to ensure a continuous source of water is always available.”

First Water manufactures mobile water purification systems that provide a complete turnkey solution for community, facility, or team level water emergencies. Its systems range in capacity from 120 gallons per hour to 1,200 gallons per hour and operate off a variety of power sources, including solar. According to Med Sled, “this capability allows facilities to address important functions such as dialysis, ice production and dish washing, in addition to providing drinking water when it is most needed. The appropriate assortment of equipment can give any size community or facility both the portability and volume needed to successfully mitigate a water disruption.”

For more information on the emergency evacuation and water purification products available from Med Sled®, call 866-207-5993 or visit

Water Purification Exercise

First Water Systems conducted a live exercise on the Chattahooche River on March 11 to demonstrate water purification capabilities to local emergency managers.  In attendance were a variety of officials from both government and private organizations.

Proposed Rules Address Emergency Preparedness

The Department of Health and Human Services has proposed new rules that establish national emergency preparedness requirements for healthcare providers that participate in Medicare and Medicaid. These new rules are intended to ensure that these facilities are adequately prepared for both natural and man made disasters.  During times of disaster, it is essential that these facilities are ready to meet the needs of their patients.

The Office of the Inspector General found that nursing home response to hurricanes along the Gulf Coast faced problems in both evacuation and shelter in place situations.  One of the major problems encountered was insufficient food and water for residents and staff.  The main contirbution factor to these problems was lack of effective planning and failure to anticipate specific problems.

Proposed rules establish that healthcare facilities must address the need for food, water and medical supplies.  Healthcare facilities are often calle don to provide these basic needs not only to patients but also communiy evacuees, visitors and voulnteers.  The rapid increas of pupulation in a disaster can lead to a fast exhaustion of stored resources.

First Water address these concerns by placing water purification systems on-site and ready to deploy in the event of a water disruption.  Microbiologically safe drinking water can be created from virtually any water source, and solar power eliminates the need for a working grid.

Read more about the proposed rules at at the Federal Register and NY Times