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The video below features 2009 CNN Hero Doc Hendley at a water filter facility in Haiti. The need for clean water continues to be great, as does Filterpure Filters’ need for your support. Please view and pass along to your network.

Thank you Danika Wukich for keeping us informed.

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Below is an excerpt from an article on the work Jeff Schwarz and Dick Wukich are conducting at the Carnegie Library in Braddock.  This facility is a partner to the facilities we are building in Laredo, TX and College Station, TX.

 

Sunday, February 08, 2009

By Diana Nelson Jones, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

20090208bdbraddock_500Jeff Schwarz presses a filter in the Braddock Pot Shop.

As a distressed community, Braddock could make a good argument for getting a government bailout. Instead, it has become a producer of stimulus packages for communities with greater problems.

Last fall, the Braddock Pot Shop — a ceramics workshop operated by the Braddock Carnegie Arts Program in the basement of the Carnegie Library — took on an additional role: North America’s first water filter factory.

At Mayor John Fetterman’s urging, AmeriCorps agreed to make a former volunteer a full-time employee in the factory to produce ceramic cones that filter bacteria from water. It is an affiliate of the international network Potters for Peace.

AmericaCorps volunteers have worked in the ceramics studio since it was established in 2003 and been active for years in youth programs in Braddock. AmericaCorps alumni include Mr. Fetterman.

Jeff Schwarz, 33, a teacher in the studio, stepped into his full-time role impassioned about clay’s potential to improve and save lives — in the Third World or in developed countries during emergency situations in which drinking water supplies have been contaminated.

A graduate of Slippery Rock University, he caught the water filter bug from Richard Wukich, his mentor and teacher. Mr. Wukich is a member of Potters for Peace and has brought the group’s founder and other leaders to campus.

 

To read the rest of the story, go to http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09039/947753-82.stm

 

Pure Water for All, in Pittsburgh, PA, is a Rotary sponsored organization. Rotary’s Pure Water for All is an international service project initiated by the Forest Hills Rotary Club (Pa., USA,) and now admisistrated by District 7300 and District 7280 of Western Pennsylvania, plus its partners.  The goal is to provide extremely pure potable water for families in lesser developed areas and for locations where the regular water sources have been polluted by disaster.  The process involves simple ceramic technology that delivers sufficient quantities of pure, disease free water for a family for less than three pennies a day.

At the 2008 NCECA conference in Pittsburgh, PA, the TAMU Water Project and Potters for Peace established a formal affiliation.