Partnership brings clean water to Liberia

Feb. 13, 2015

BIRMINGHAM — The effort to fight against Ebola is part of the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), which aims to provide access to sanitation and clean water for two million people by the end of the year.

BIRMINGHAM — Existing Ebola treatment units in Liberia are being provided more than 5.8 million gallons (22 million liters) of safe water, according to a press release.

The clean water is being provided by a partnership including the McWane Foundation, WaterHealth International, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and the Global Environment & Technology Foundation, stated the press release.

Approximately 52 gallons of water a day are needed to assist in treating Ebola patients, and the lack of reliable wastewater and water infrastructure has contributed to the lack of clean water throughout the area, reported the release.

The effort to fight against Ebola is part of the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), which aims to provide access to sanitation and clean water for two million people by the end of the year, continued the release.

"Clean, safe, reliable drinking water isn't a luxury, it's a necessity, particularly when treating a disease like Ebola,” said McWane Inc.’s President G. Ruffner Page Jr. “While Ebola isn't on the front pages anymore, it's a crisis that continues to claim hundreds of lives, with more than 124 new cases in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone recorded in the first week of February alone. And I'm grateful we are working together with a team of such committed partners."

Read the entire release here.

You can find more information on the RAIN effort here.

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