Water Industry News
expands water scarcity
relief efforts in
GE water scarcity solutions creating critical supplies of fresh
October 3, 2005
) — GE Water & Process
Technologies, a unit of General Electric Company, joined its
parent company today in announcing the expansion of its
five-year, $20 million African infrastructure and healthcare
initiative. GE Water
& Process Technologies is aiding the expanded effort by
providing desperately needed water scarcity solutions to two
hospitals located in
year more than five million people die from waterborne diseases
close to 70% of all illness is caused by waterborne
CEO, GE Water & Process Technologies.
“By installing our water scarcity solutions, patients
and Kintampo now have access to safe, clean water – a resource
essential to all healthcare environments.”
Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and the
dire need of new infrastructure and technology that is crucial
in providing lifesaving healthcare efforts.
GE Water & Process Technologies is helping to improve
on those infrastructure challenges by expanding the hospitals
access to healthy sources of water.
installed several water scarcity solutions to assist KATH, the
regions main referral center, in serving half of the 20 million
The new equipment installed includes a reverse osmosis
(RO) filtration technology, which serves two purposes at the
facility. GE’s RO
solution removes impurities from KATH’s current water supply
and also creates an ultra-pure water source – a critical
element in running five of the hospital’s life-saving Dialysis
KATH site also received a new water holding tank, which can
stockpile excess water in a safe, healthy environment; new water
holding tank indicators, which allow the hospital to keep
abreast of current water supply levels; and anti-stagnation
water treatment technology, which mixes and recycles old and
current water supplies, so that water stagnation and the growth
of dangerous and disease-causing waterborne organisms are
addition to GE’s water scarcity solutions, the company also
made additional donations to KATH that include: a fluoroscopy
unit for radiology, ultrasounds, incubators, monitors, lighting,
electrical distribution equipment, and Internet connectivity.
“The GE donations have come at an opportune time to complement
these interventions and boost the capacity of the hospital to
render better services to its numerous patients,” said
is still a number one killer.
Water stagnation and growth of waterborne disease is one
of the area’s major concerns.
To help address the issue, GE installed: an
anti-stagnation water treatment system; a reverse osmosis
filtration unit; a new water holding tank; and new water holding
tank indicators. The
hospital, which serves a population of 160,000, also received
Ultrasounds, X-rays, anesthesia, incubators, power generation
equipment, and lighting that will enable the rural hospital to
help reduce disease and lower maternal and infant mortality.
launched last year, GE’s African healthcare initiative
equipment to the U.S.-based not-for-profit, Assist
International, which in turn donated the equipment to the Ghana
Health Services. Assist International and GECAD, a local
distributor for GE, provide shipping logistics, ground-level
support and site preparation, and on-site coordination to ensure
timely, cost-effective and quality construction, as well as
sustainable operation of the facilities and equipment.
For more information on GE’s
water scarcity solutions, please visit www.gewater.com.
Infrastructure, Water & Process Technologies
GE Infrastructure, Water & Process Technologies, a unit of
General Electric Company, is an industry leader in solving the
world’s most pressing water reuse, industrial, irrigation,
municipal, and drinking water needs.
Through desalination, advanced membrane, separation
solutions, and water reuse and wastewater management and process
technologies, GE delivers added value to its customers.
GE provides value by improving performance and product
quality, reducing operating costs, and extending equipment life
through a broad range of products and services that are designed
to optimize total performance; protect customers’ assets;
prevent fouling and scaling; and safeguard the environment
through water conservation and energy reduction.
For more information on GE Infrastructure, Water &
Process Technologies, visit www.gewater.com .