Between 20 and 22 April 2015, LTC Cris Simon and the Non-Governmental Organization Waves for Water went to rural communities in Chinandega (including Los Zorros, El Manzano and Padre Ramos) to distribute water filters and teach local residents in those communities how to use them. The filters were donated through a combined effort of the United States Southern Command and private philanthropic donations.
The filters themselves, when properly cared for, can filter 100 gallons of water a day for at least five years – with an expected lifetime capacity of up to a million gallons of clean water. The filters are based on the same technology that is used in kidney dialysis, and rid water of germs and parasites, eliminating sickness related to amoebic dysentery, diarrhea, and the like. Access to clean water will enable Nicaraguans – and especially children, typically more vulnerable to parasites – to have a better overall quality of life.