Water is source of life in Jérémie

The supply of drinking water to the people affected by Hurricane Matthew is of great importance. This water treatment and filtration plant provides thousands of people with the water they urgently need for their everyday needs before the city's infrastructure is repaired.

Aristide Frénelle, engineer at Water Mission © Maxence Bradley

Water Mission and UNICEF join forces in providing post Matthew Jeremie with clean water 

Jérémie, 14th December, one of the main indicators of the humanitarian response progress post hurricane Matthew is the number of people who are provided access to safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene. Prior to the hurricane clean water distribution was already a colossal challenge in Jeremie, thus it is needless to say that after the devastating hurricane that swept through the area and affected more than 70% of the population it was even more so.

Treated water bladders installed at the treatment center

Treated water bladders installed at the treatment center. © Maxence Bradley

UNICEF swiftly engaged into a partnership with Water Mission a nonprofit Christian engineering organization based in Charleston, North Carolina that provides sustainable water solutions to people in developing countries and disaster stricken areas.

I was residing at the WFP compound hotel during my two week mission in Jeremie. This WFP compound also currently hosts the UNICEF and WFP offices in an area situated at 8 km from Jeremie called Chateau.  I was curious to visit the new water treatment facility that Water Mission had installed at a walking  distance of our office.

Alol Pierre is pouring down water his truck that will be purified here before being distributed. © Maxence Bradley

Alol Pierre is pouring down water his truck that will be purified here before being distributed. © Maxence Bradley


Their facility includes several solar powered filters that aliment 8 bladders with a 10,000 liter capacity producing a total volume of 80,000 liters a day. It aims at supplying 13,000 persons daily (approximatively 7.5 L/person/day). The water is filtered using a sedimentation method and chlorine is added to the water as well. Water trucks and tankers ensure the delivery of the water from the treatment center to the residents of various areas of the city.


Water is then distributed to the people

Water is then distributed to the people. © Maxence Bradley

I was involved in the registration of this new implementing partner in our new online system. I was also involved in the analysis of the partnership agreement, and I am proud to say that I am truthfully satisfied with the way Water Mission has used the funds that were endowed to them to assist the population with their water needs, and henceforth contributing to the achievement of this crucial water and sanitation humanitarian response indicator.


Francoise Chandler

Information Management Officer- UNICEF Haiti




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