Waveland, Mississippi (Hurricane Katrina)

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Waveland, Mississippi (Hurricane Katrina)

The first ever solar-powered water pumping and purification system, the Mobile MaxPure® was one of the few sources of clean drinking water for the town of South Waveland, Mississippi for over seven months.
MMP in Katrina

As images depicting the disaster inflicted along the Gulf Coast of the United States began to appear on the news, WorldWater & Solar Technologies began to imagine a way to leverage our technological capabilities to bring relief to the residents, Emergency Responders and volunteers in the afflicted areas.

This is how and when the prototype for the first of WorldWater’s mobile, off-grid solar water purification systems, or the Mobile MaxPure®, was conceived.

Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina

As the first ever solar-powered water pumping and purification system, the Mobile MaxPure® was one of the few sources of clean drinking water for the town of South Waveland, Mississippi for over seven months. In partnership with the Morrell Foundation, the system was located near a temporary structure providing assistance to affected families and serving as a home base for responders and volunteers.

In addition to pumping and purifying polluted water, making it safe for drinking, bathing and cooking, the system also provided a ready source of power for a range of equipment used in rebuilding efforts.

WorldWater understands the plight of people in a catastrophic event. After a catastrophe, water and food are some of the hardest things to find…we had no good water, we depended upon bottled water for everything (until the Mobile MaxPure®) gave us pure, clean water to drink that was safe. We didn’t have to worry about becoming sick. It gave us one less thing to worry about.

Renee Aue-Weaver, Resident of Waveland, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.

The Mobile MaxPure operated flawlessly for the seven months is was deployed in Waveland. During this time, all potable water for the thousands of people at our relief camp came from this unit…The Mobile MaxPure never let us down. It met or exceeded all advertised performance expectations.

Alan H. Morrell, Director, Morrell Foundation, after Hurricane Katrina