Update and photos from the field, by Chris Kenning.
WaterStep is currently on the ground to help, arriving October 10 in the town of Vega Alta to provide water purification systems including M100 chlorine generators, 500-gallon bladder tanks, filters, pumps and bleachmakers and the training to operate them in 22 hard-hit and remote municipalities.
The WaterStep team is staying at the Presbyterian Church in Vega Alta, its roof damaged by the storm, sleeping in tents and on camping pads in a breezeway with electricity from a generator. On the first day of training, dozens showed up from municipalities in hard-hit areas. As they learned how to purify water, officials from General Electric Appliances and local media visited the site. Friday will bring the second day of training. So far, the WaterStep effort has drawn an outpouring of support from the community, including volunteer translators.