The scenario left by the flooding and mudslides was devastating caused by ‘Fenonemo del Niño’ in the Peruvian coast. The emergency asked for a quick response and Atlas Copco replied with technology, technical knowledge and enthusiastic solidarity from their workers.
A swift delivery for an emergency situation
The solidarity and the social commitment registered in Atlas Copco’s heart offered a prompt response before the desperate situation that Peru was living. Colonel Jorge Uribe, Chief of the Army Heritage, and Stephen Cartwright, Power Technique General Manager for the Latin America region, through a signed agreement on March 28th where it was agreed the delivery of 3 water pumps that allow relieving the horrible flooding in Piura, a city in the north. The coordinated actions between the Peruvian Army and Portable Energy Area in Atlas Copco, allowed the pumps get to the affected areas on the same day after signed the agreement.
According to the signed agreement between Atlas Copco and the Peruvian Army, the centrifugal pumps WEDA 70L 460V, ETP 50B and PAS 4 DDT-W220 were borrowed for 60 calendar days. Hidrostal, our pump distributor in the north of Peru, was very helpful in the organization for draining tasks in the flooded areas. Thanks to the contacts of Hidrostal, it was possible made the coordination with Entidad Prestadora de Servicios de Saneamiento Grau (EPS Grau), a company responsible for production and supply of potable water in this department, and the pumps started operating and start to give solution to the flood that endanger the public health of this department.
The pumps started operating 24 hours a day to drain the flooded areas in the urbanization of Santa Maria in Piura and the pumping chamber La Primavera in Castilla broken by the overflows of the river at the end of March.
We are very grateful because the equipment offered by Atlas Copco are fulfilling with a proper work for the rehabilitation of the affected areas. The moto pump ETP 50B has been used in the fronts of Las Gardenias, Santa Maria and Centro Urbano of Piura; while submersible electric pump WEDA 70L is using in the damaged drains rehabilitation in the chamber of Miraflores and La Primavera. We are working in a joint way with the Ministry of Housing and we have a working plan of 60 days to solve the problem.