Water Missions sends supplies to Ebola-stricken Liberia

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- On the heels of the announcement that a third American citizen has contracted the Ebola virus in Liberia, a local nonprofit is doing its part to help during the Ebola crisis.So far, more than 1,500 people have died across West Africa due to the Ebola virus disease. Water Missions International, a nonprofit based in North Charleston, says the need for clean water in Liberia is at an urgent level."It is critical to have safe water for the people there who are suffering from Ebola as well as re-hydrating the healthcare workers who are suffering under hot and humid conditions," said Patrick Haughney of Disaster Response at Water Missions International. "The lack of safe water adds to the number of diseases and more workload for the healthcare providers."Starting at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, several Water Missions Living Water treatment systems will be loaded from the North Charleston headquarters building and taken to a container ship to send off. The treatment systems, along with disinfecting and solar power equipment, is set to reach Liberia by Sept. 29."It is very difficult to get stuff into Liberia right now as you can imagine. A lot of the commercial air flights have cut back or stopped so there is not a lot of air space available to send something as large as we are sending," Haughney said.The Living Water treatment systems sent to Liberia will provide clean water for up to 200,000 people by treating around 40,000 liters of water a day.{}"This is different because most of the disasters we respond to are an event like an earthquake or hurricane," Haughney said. "This one is an ongoing issue that is continuing to get worse so it makes the response deciding what to do a little different than are other normal responses."