NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - The last time Water Missions International delivered disaster relief in the U.S., the year was 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.
With thousands in the Upstate under a boil water advisory following record rain throughout the state, the North Charleston ministry decided it was time.
"The fact that we're involved at all shows there's a significant need, said George Greene, President of Water Missions International. A previous mission for the group included sending treatment systems to the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
Greene said his staff made the decision to assist in Columbia Monday, and started preparing two water treatment systems to be shipped early Tuesday.
The treatment systems, which use a process called reverse osmosis, treat water at a molecular level, and is powerful enough to treat water from the ocean.
Water Missions worked directly with the City of Columbia and the University of South Carolina.
Systems will be hooked up to the city water distribution system, treating up to 60,000 gallons per day.
"We step out in faith from time to time when we know there's a need," Greene said.
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