From Texas Public Radio:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency spent $361 million on bottled water in Puerto Rico by the end of January, after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island in September.
“Water is the one thing you need when you have a disaster,” says Moses West, founder of AWG Contracting, a company that generates water. “We’re always flying it in. It’s always so expensive to move water.”
For more than three months, West has been creating clean water and giving it away on Vieques, the island city eight miles off Puerto Rico.
He came to Vieques because he heard, after the storm, the island’s water system became contaminated from leaching due to its aging infrastructure and heavy rain. The island city’s 7,800 residents often have to find other water sources.