Water in natural disasters.

May 5, 2011

Water has always been a determining factor for the setting of the populations. Current cities are often built around rivers, where the first inhabitants gathered.

While drinking water is a source of life, its absence can be dramatic, especially after a natural disaster.

Everyone can remember the awful situation after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. This natural phenomenon partly destroyed water supply infrastructures and sanitation facilities in the capital Port-au-Prince.

Emergency help is essential. According to the responsible persons of Solidarité Internationale, association specialized in this type of emergency situation: "It must not be implemented at the expense of the rebuilding operations". This help must be turned into an ongoing rebuilding action, managed by the population. Indeed, the cholera epidemic that affected the country was allowed to spread because of the critical condition of the sanitation facilities.

People living in camps had no access to the most vital resource: water. Yet, they needed it greatly for drinking, cooking, washing, laundry, dishwashing, etc. The Dominican branch of the Nestlé Group, immediately implemented a help system on the damaged area, in the capital Port-au-Prince. During the weeks after, Nestlé Waters North America worked hard to supply more than one million dollars of bottles of water from Nestle Waters among other goods.