Pakistan

During the summer of 2010, an enormous amount of rainfall collected in rural Pakistan forming a lake the size of Great Britain and displacing millions of people. These persons were exposed to disease at temporary camp and through non-potable water consumption. International Medical Assistance Teams (IMAT) and Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) deployed personnel to aid survivors at the Pakistani NGO VNEEDU camps. As a partner of those organizations, Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT) sent a water assessment team ahead of a NOAH Water System. The team also deployed a follow-on team to support the customs clearance and implementation of the water system. Due to insecurity on the ground from political and religious conflict, few NGOs arrived to aid the flood survivors.

The Global DIRT assessment team consisted of medical personnel as well as potable water, security, and language subject matter experts. The team, led by Adam Marlatt, arrived in Karachi, Pakistan, and made contact with local partners to quickly move deep into Sindh Province and begin identifying suitable locations for the large water filter. The team also worked with VNEEDU to ensure the placement of dozens of ground wells while awaiting the arrival of the NOAH Water System via donated cargo space from Air Canada.

Once the follow-on team arrived, they quickly went to work moving the filter system out of customs. The water system, which produces over 137,000 liters of water per day, was then transitioned to local partner VNEEDU for deployment.