Water Purification in the Wake of Alabama Tornadoes

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On April 27th, 2011, a storm system raced across the southern US spawning an estimated 312 tornadoes and killing hundreds of people. In Alabama alone over 200 people were killed by tornadoes with at least one being rated a category EF4. Tornado damage was severe throughout the state, downing power lines, uprooting trees, destroying houses and businesses and devastating the infrastructure of many communities leaving citizens homeless and without power and water.

On April 27th, 2011, a storm system raced across the southern US spawning an estimated 312 tornadoes and killing hundreds of people. In Alabama alone over 200 people were killed by tornadoes with at least one being rated a category EF4. Tornado damage was severe throughout the state, downing power lines, uprooting trees, destroying houses and businesses and devastating the infrastructure of many communities leaving citizens homeless and without power and water. Utilizing First Water purification equipment, the Alabama Department of Public Health was able to assist in providing water to the public.

A water purification team was activated and deployed to Winston County near Addison, Alabama. Damaged electrical infrastructure had resulted in an overall water shortage in the community. The team utilized First Water's Mobile Trailer Solution to position water purification on Smith Lake and created a community distribution point at the treatment site. Power for the purification system was provided by commercial generators and water was distributed to the public in one gallon containers. The team provided clean water to the community for 3 days.

The Mobile Trailer Solution allowed quick and efficient response to the disaster. While the purification system was warehoused in Montgomery, it was deployed in Addison shortly after the storms. The trailer provided a fully contained solution for field deployment in the wake of natural disaster.

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