Ford water project, a Star of Africa

The innovative mobile water generation project which launched in conjunction with World Vision SA was presented with a silver ‘Stars of Africa’ award by the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa (AmCham).

The Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa initiative competed in the bi-annual Stars of Africa awards, hosted by the non-profit organization, AmCham, which represents US investments in South Africa. “We are delighted to receive a Stars of Africa Silver Award from the American Chamber of Commerce for the World Vision SA water project that is doing outstanding work to assist drought-stricken communities in the Eastern Cape. Ford is committed to supporting the communities in which we operate through volunteer programmes and grants from the Ford Motor Company Fund, and this project stands out for helping people with one of the most basic yet crucial needs and making a real difference in their lives,” Neale Hill, Managing Director, FMCSA.

The Watergen GEN-350 atmospheric water generator utilized which extracts water from the air in an energy-efficient manner and is used by the Ford-backed water project, which was launched in Port Elizabeth in June 2019. The Watergen machine is mounted on a double axle trailer equipped with a heavy-duty diesel generator and towed by a Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCi XL Double Cab in the Eastern Cape region. The project which is assisting communities in Nelson Mandela Bay provides for 900-litres of clean and safe drinking water per day and has made the rounds in Uitenhage and KwaNobuhle and focused on 79 schools, four clinics, 50 early childhood development centres and an estimated 3 400 households.

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