York County company sends help to Ecuador

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YORK TOWNSHIP, Pa.-- A 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 16th left part of Ecuador in ruin. It left some people without a vital resource, water.

"There is no life without water," International Water Company marketing manger Barb Harman said. "Every living thing needs water."

International Water Company builds water purifiers for developing nations and for use after natural disasters. The York County based company has been around for about six years with putting products out for two. They were in talks with the Ecuadorian government about getting the purifiers, when the earthquake hit.

"Their question to us was how soon can we get many, many more of them," Harman said.

The machines were deployed within 24 hours of the natural disaster. There are three currently in the country with plans to get more.

"I believe the earthquake struck in the morning, and I have pictures of them deploying the machine that evening," Harman said.

The machines work on solar and wind power. They can be connected to a generator for emergency power. The machines can be put up and start filtering water in about two hours. The water goes through a seven stages of filtration. They can produce about 86,000 liters of water in a day.

"Thankfully for the people that need it, our machine was there and we're able to produce," Harman said.

International Water Company said they plan to expand business into other countries in the future. They currently are in countries in Asia and Africa as well as Ecuador.