U.S. ROTARY CLUB GIVES COOKS WATER PURIFIER

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By Tara Carr

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Aug. 29) – An American Rotary club has donated a fresh water plant to the Cook Islands for use during natural disasters.

The fresh water system, in the hands of Cook Islands Red Cross, was donated by a team of seven members of the Santa Clarita Valley Rotary club in Los Angles, California.

The group was in the country this month and met with those who would be involved in emergency situations to explain the new system.

The average assembly for the equipment takes about two hours and when it is in operation it can clean up to 10,000 gallons of waters a day provided that the water comes from fresh water source.

The system does not work by turning sea water into drinkable water, but the service it will provide, allowing contaminated water to be drinkable, will certainly be a blessing in emrgency situations.

It is portable so it can be used anywhere on Rarotonga and any of the outer islands.

Air New Zealand brought the system to Rarotonga free of charge saving the club from raising a considerable amount of money to cover the freight.

Because it could only be brought when there was space, the system unfortunately arrived when the team was getting set to leave. However, a booklet and DVD on how to assemble and use the system has been left behind and organisations here can easily contact the group in California if they need further help.

Steve Corn and Michael Burger (international chairman of the Rotary group) say that the whole project started over a year ago when a member of the Rotary club here contacted John Summers about a water project occurring around the world.

Summers used to live in the Cook Islands and is a member of the Santa Clarita Valley Rotary club.

The club worked to raise funds to purchase the system that usually retails for about NZ$20,000 [US$13,000]

It was purchased from Living Water Systems International who gave the club a discount as well.

Burger says that the system is in use in many countries around the world.

He and the rest of the team were grateful for the opportunity to help the people of the Cook Islands.

Corn says that their stay in the country was remarkable and they thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of Cook Islands people, and the chance to catch up with the local Rotary club.

September 1, 2006

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