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Soldiers Open Capital Water Spigot

By Staff Sgt. Jeff Troth
American Forces Press Service

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras, Dec. 7, 1998 – Soldiers from Joint Task Force-Bravo's Headquarters and Support Company here are setting up water purification operations at Hospital San Felipe in the capital city, Tegucigalpa.

Since Hurricane Mitch tore through the country, the hospital's water source has been high in metal and mineral contaminants. Some patients can't drink the water, which is so harsh it has damaged or broken hospital equipment. San Felipe uses about 60,000 gallons of water daily and has been providing 40,000 gallons daily to the surrounding communities.

The Support Company will produce drinkable water Dec. 4-18 for the hospital and its neighbors. The soldiers will pump from the hospital's well and use two purifying units on the polluted water. Once cleaned, the water will be transferred to the hospital's storage tank for its use and distribution to the community by Tegucigalpa's water department.

The soldiers can purify up to 24,000 gallons of water a day.

Other U.S. military relief efforts around Tegucigalpa include plans for rebuilding a bridge across the Rio Hondo that was destroyed by Hurricane Mitch flood waters. The Honduran government also has requested assistance with bridges at eight other locations around the country.

[Staff Sgt. Jeff Troth, assigned to the 49th Public Affairs Detachment (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C., is a member of the U.S. relief mission in Honduras.]

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