Apr 24, 2020

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Xylem Partners with Americares for COVID-19 Response 

Xylem Watermark announced it is partnering with Americares, a health-focused relief and development organization, to combat the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The new global partnership will deliver much-needed personal protective equipment, water and sanitation infrastructure repairs and WASH education to frontline healthcare facilities around the world, reported the press release.

“Communities all over the world are coming together to defeat COVID-19. This new funding for Americares is one part of our investment in our people, our customers and their communities who are working together in this fight that unites us all,” said Joe Vesey, senior vice president of Xylem, and chair of Xylem Watermark. “We are seeing heroic efforts from essential services workers, healthcare workers and the organizations that support them. The support Americares provides to frontline health care workers focuses on exactly what they need to combat COVID-19 and we want to do our part to help them fight the spread of the disease.”

With Xylem Watermark’s support, Americares will deliver 50,000 protective supplies, such as masks, gloves, gowns and disinfectants to health care facilities in under-resourced communities in the U.S. and around the world, as well as training approximately 2,500 health workers. 

The training will focus on infection prevention and control, including water, sanitation and hygiene best practices to control the spread of the coronavirus, according to the press release. Xylem employees will participate by volunteering remotely with the Americares emergency response team, developing a COVID-19 training module to help health workers halt the spread of the disease and prevent future outbreaks.

Longer term, Americares and Xylem will partner on water and sanitation infrastructure improvements at select health facilities hard hit by the pandemic to respond to long-term water and sanitation issues and build resilience against future outbreaks.

ClorTec(R) and MIOX(R) On-Site Sodium Hypochlorite Generation Systems Combat COVID-19

De Nora MIOX and ClorTec on-site hypochlorite generators have been confirmed to produce sodium hypochlorite at a concentration range identified by the U.S. CDC to kill the virus that causes COVID-19.

De Nora ClorTec and MIOX systems address the issues around the availability of bleach by generating on-demand a low concentration sodium hypochlorite solution, which is commonly referred to as bleach, using three everyday consumables – water, electricity and food grade salt, according to the press release. By producing bleach on-site, users can become more independent and self-reliant.

PureLine Treatment Systems Aid in the COVID-19 Crisis 

PureLine adapted an 8 year old product, called PureVista, to develop a solution to fight COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Dopke Decon System. First responders, healthcare workers, first responders, military, food service workers and the hospitality industry can use the small, portable system to decontaminate up to 75 N95 Masks within 90 minutes.

The technology was used to decontaminate the Hart Senate Offices in Washington, DC when the anthrax attacks occurred in 2001, according to the release. 

Currently, PureLine is working with contacts at Cook County Hospital and the Veteran's Affair Hospital to provide decontamination services. Besides helping Illinois COVID-19 frontline workers, PureLine is: 

  • Donating their Dopke Decon Systems to health care facilities, fire department and police departments in Illinois
  • Donating 55 gallon drums of 100 ppm chlorine dioxide disinfectant solution to the Department of Homeland Security in regions where disinfectants are critically scarce
  • Offered to disinfect select clinics with known cases