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Süd-Chemie (Munich, Germany), maker of catalysts and additives for the plastics sector, is donating a mobile water-treatment plant to provide supplies of potable water to victims of the recent earthquake in Peru. During that catastrophe three weeks ago, more than 500 people were killed and 34,000 others lost housing. The company says clean water is still a major problem in the disaster area.
The mobile Aquacube water-treatment plant can be transported to crisis areas where it transforms 1500 liters of polluted water/hr into drinking water. The plant was shipped last week from Süd-Chemies Johannesburg, South Africa plant to Lima, Peru and was in operation by the weekend. The company is also sending water-treatment specialists to Peru to set up the mobile unit along with the companys Peruvian employees.
Since drinking-water supplies are still not operational in many parts of the affected region, providing clean drinking water to earthquake victims currently has top priority, says Han Jürgen Wernicke, deputy managing board chairman at Süd-Chemie. The company also provided similar humanitarian aid to victims of the Southeast Asian tsunami in 2005 and residents of New Orleans the same year following destruction due to hurricane Katrina.[email protected]