Oakville - March 18, 2015 | ERMS is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the World Water Day Walkathon—
Hamilton Walks for Haiti. This year’s walkathon is the 11th annual campaign by Public Works’ Hamilton Water Division, supporting the Rotary Club of Ancaster’s “Haiti Water for Life” program. Prior to this year the campaign has raised over $190,000 and has built 38 wells.
Hamilton Public Work’s Water Division was the first City of Hamilton division to implement the ERMS Advantage emergency mass notification system. “Public Work’s Water Division uses the ERMS Advantage system to quickly communicate with residents when issues of water distribution and quality arise,” said Sylvain Rollin, ERMS President and CEO. “So it only makes sense that ERMS support their efforts to ensure the people of Haiti have clean water, which many of us take for granted," he added.
Haiti is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world. In recent years, Haiti citizens have been affected by political upheaval, hurricanes, earthquakes, and spread of diseases caused by a lack of clean water. Haiti is widely considered to have the poorest water quality in the world. The same water that is used to clean clothes, bathe, and dump sewage in, is the same water that they are forced to drink. Following the earthquake of 2010, that claimed the lives of over 315,000 people, water quality worsened. As a result they have also suffered a cholera epidemic.
All proceeds raised through the “Haiti Water for Life” program are used to build wells central to village communities in the Artibonite Valley of Central Haiti. The wells, which cost approximately $5000 each, provides access to clean drinking water which in turn slows the spread disease, lowers child mortality rates, and improves the quality of life of the entire community.
The walk-a-thon will be held on Tuesday March 24, 2015 and donations will be accepted until April 15, 2015.