As 2018 begins, months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, most Puerto Ricans still have no reliable source of safe drinking water. (Incredibly, nearly half of the island’s utility customers also still had no electricity as 2017 came to a close.)
American citizens of Puerto Rico are facing a massive humanitarian crisis. More than a million people still lack running water—they are forced to find water in contaminated streams, collect it from runoff, even drink from toxic Superfund sites. And the danger is not over for those with running water; because water treatment plants are still not operational, tap water may be tainted with raw sewage. But we—YOU—can help alleviate human suffering. Through AFT’s Operation Agua, we are bringing water purification systems to Puerto Rican families and communities who are crying out for help.
You can make a donation at this site: https://www.aft.org/operation-agua. Every little bit helps. For instance, $30 will buy an in-home purifier that filters and provides up to 24 liters of safe water per day to a family in need. These units require no electricity and have an estimated filter life of up to 5,000 liters.
While many Texas AFT members themselves have needed and received help from their union brothers and sisters in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we also have responded generously to the appeal for help from our fellow Americans still struggling to survive under downright dangerous living conditions in Puerto Rico. Let’s keep it up.