Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico on September 17, 2017, bringing destruction and devastation to the island and killing an over 1,000 American citizens. Though recovery efforts have been underway since the storm hit, many parts of the island do are still dealing with the risk of waterborne illness due to the lack of purified water.
Sustainability Projects Abroad, a newly formed club on the campus of UMass Amherst, is hoping to bring clean water to Puerto Rico. A group of dedicated students raised enough money to visit Puerto Rico and bring 100 water purification filters to those in need. Connecting Point‘s Dave Fraser met with some of the students to learn about their upcoming trip and why the issue of sustainability is so important.