Berenyi Design Stands Against Haiti earthquake

January 22 by Clay Wine

The people of the Gorman community in Haiti have access to safe drinking water, thanks in part to Scott Horton, a member of the Structural Engineering team at Berenyi Incorporated. Working closely with Water Missions International, Scott help redesign the organization's water tower to make sure that it would survive natural disasters. The design proved successful this month as Haiti was rocked by a powerful 7.0 earthquake that leveled most of the capitol city. Strong aftershocks also took a toll on the remaining structures. In spite of the earthquake, the water tower still stands and is helping with the relief effort.

George Greene IV and Pat Haughney of Water Missions International asked Scott to help with the design because the tower was located between a school and a church adding to the need of a strong reliable structure. The tower included a solar powered pumping system, a chlorination system and an elevated tank. Although the church collapsed in the earthquake, the tower remained undamaged and functional.

In related news, Scott recently returned from a three month working tour in Kenya, where he helped provide hands-on instruction to the local Water Missions office and tribes people how to install and maintain the solar powered water purification systems.


"Thanks for putting a quality design in our hands!"

George C. Green IV, PE

VP International Programs

Water Missions International


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