W|W Dominican Republic Origins
In 2010, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake destroyed Haiti.
On a whim, W|W Founder Doc Hendley flew down to Haiti to assess how we could help. Doc quickly bought into the cermaic filters as a means to provide aid for those affected by the tragedy. Radhames Carela (Wine To Water's current master ceramicist) creates filters out of locally-sourced clay. There is a great benefit to using the ceramic filter - sourcing local resources to provide local jobs to help local people. We’ve been actively and intentionally involved here ever since.
What Does W|W Do in the Dominican Republic?
The Dominican Republic is home to Wine To Water's ceramic filter factory, where our team hand-makes and distributes clean water filters (pictured left). The filters are created from a mixture of clay, sawdust, nano silver, and water. This results in a porous pot with a layer of activated charcoal to latch on to micro-organisms, and silver to scramble bacterial DNA, prohibiting its reproduction. Every time these filters are distributed, the Wine To Water team teaches the local family or organization how to clean and maintain them for years to come. With proper maintenance, a single filter can provide a family of up to seven people clean water for 5 years. Aside from being a world-class clean water technology, our filters are also used as a platform to teach communities about sanitation and hygiene. Often in the form of hand washing games for kids... okay, adults too... these teaching lessons lay the foundation of behavioral change for healthier lives.
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MADE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
THE CERAMIC WATER FILTER IS A SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION FOR COMMUNITIES IN THE DR AND HAITI
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FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC