Kerala Floods Relief – Ops Update

SG WATER COMPANIES ACCOMPANY KERALA IN FLOODS CRISIS Latest and lightest SS500 deployed at affected communities of Alleppey district

28 August 2018 - The corporate alliance from Singapore's private sector dispatched its third relief deployment in just under a month. Having responded to the floods crises in Laos and Myanmar earlier, the team from Aquayana and HSL Constructor landed in Kerala last week to deliver and deploy portable water treatment systems to support the ongoing floods relief efforts there.

Over in Alleppey, the team partnered the District Collector's Office and Public Works Department to establish and conduct a mobile water treatment and distribution network by deploying the latest SS500 on a vessel. The SS500 is a lightweight portable water treatment system which weighs 28 kilogram and churns 500 litres of potable water per hour. It operates on car battery and uses Cembrane silicon carbide ultra-filtration (UF) membranes with durability of up to 15 years.

Over in Singapore, the Indian employees at HSL Constructor, which number more than 400, had initiated an internal fundraising earlier and raised SGD3,000. The company topped up the remaining amount to ensure that two units of SS500 could be sent to Kerala to support the ongoing relief efforts. Acknowledging the staff's compassion and contribution, HSL Chief Executive Charles Quek said, "Singapore and India share a close relation and history. The extent of devastation of the floods in Kerala is substantial and spread across vast areas. We understand that given Kerala's geographical terrains and shape - longish, it becomes extremely challenging to reach out to everyone across the affected areas at one go. We are heartened by the spirit of all our colleagues for initiating and contributing towards the relief efforts. The giving of love is indeed an education in itself."

The team returned to Singapore yesterday.

The SS500 was conceptualised by Singapore's water solutioning firm Aquayana, and further developed with HSL Constructor, which recently completed the construction of the third desalination plant in Singapore.