The Chlorine Distribution System (CDS) Project
In 2015, International Action will embark on a significant new chapter to build sustainability of our clean water systems through access to a permanent supply of chlorine for the communities we serve. Our major focus for the year will be the launch of our pioneering Chlorine Distribution System (CDS) and the opening of the first Chlorine Distribution Center in Port-au-Prince.
Chlorine Distribution Site
What is the need?
How does it work?
What Have We Have Done So Far?
Community water leaders at the first CDS training
Over the past year, International Action has worked to build the foundation of the first Chlorine Distribution Center in Port-au-Prince by securing the funding, completing the necessary construction survey for the building site, and obtaining the support of critical stakeholders, such as the government water agency and community leaders. Following this, we held CDS Board Member trainings in which 20 leaders from 10 communities in the West Department received in-depth instruction on inventory and financial management.
This month, Zach Brehmer, IA's Executive Director, will meet with the community representatives to officially begin the CDS. Together they will sign an agreement, which will acknowledge their responsibility and committment to the CDS. IA has already agreed to donate one years supply chlorine tablets to the CDS, while enough funds are generated to buy the next shipment of chlorine. IA will also provide technical support the CDS for two years, with advice, expertise and knowledge when required.
The trainings and the success of the CDS will empower these communities to manage their access to clean water and improve the health of their people for many generations to come.