A private sector company from the island of Montserrat is doing its part to help the residents of Anguilla following Hurricane Irma’s devastation to the island.
The Montserrat Bottling Company (MBC), which is a green, environmentally friendly, local company, today shipped 400 gallons of its signature Soufrière Springs Water to Anguilla to provide humanitarian relief by way of fresh drinking and cooking water for the people of that island.
CEO of The Montserrat Bottling Company, Ken Weakley, says; "This Hurricane Irma relief contribution from the Montserrat Bottling Company was sent to Anguilla following consultations with the Anguilla Department of Social Services, who will receive the shipment."
The water is being sent to Anguilla via a consignment of eighty 5 gallon bottles, via the vessel MS Emprendedora.
The Soufriere Springs Water is not desalinated water. It is pure mineral spring water that is filtered and UV treated. The filtering process for this water leaves intact vital minerals and elements, resulting in a great tasting, healthy and refreshing water.
The water underwent extensive testing by an EPA compliant Puerto Rican lab and was certified by the St Maarten Health Authority in May 2017. The first Caribbean water to be certified in this manner.
The effort to bring this contribution to the Hurricane Irma relief effort in Anguilla was made possible by a number of key contributors on Montserrat that saw it fit to work with, and offer assistance to the MBC.
Saga Transport who operates the vessel MS Emprendedora agreed to move the shipment of water for free.
Other contributors who waived their fees in support of this worthy cause include;
Joel Payne Trucking
Better Services (Broker)
Wall Trading (Agent)
The Montserrat Port Authority (MPA) by way of the Port Manager, also granted a full waiver of all port fees for the consignment.
According to information from the Montserrat Bottling Company, "The spring source for their branded Soufriere Spring Water is in the Centre Hills of the island of Montserrat, where there are 20 million year old extinct volcanoes. The water filters slowly down through these ancient volcanic geological rock formations, where Soufriere Spring Water is bottled directly at the spring source."
The Montserrat Bottling Company’s assistance to Anguilla comes at a much-needed time for the island, as all efforts are being made to return the island to state of normal operations.
The MBC will be increasing their capacity from 400 gallons to 3,000 gallon shipments and has the capacity to bottle over 15, 000 gallons of water a day. With the shipment of water to Anguilla, the company has in fact exhausted all of their local bottle stock, which they will be replenishing.
CEO Ken Weakley says; "If anyone else in the Caribbean region needs water and needs it fast, please let us know, we will very soon have the capacity. The people of Montserrat have similarly suffered and lost everything as a result of the Soufriere Hills volcano, so we understand what our fellow Caribbean Brothers and Sisters are dealing with. Montserrat is doing its part to help and with this contribution from the Montserrat Bottling Company, I hope others too will join in the effort to help ease the pain Irma left behind."
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