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Device will help residents of LA’s Skid Row get clean drinking water

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The water poured, clean and free, at the Los Angeles Mission last week. And we’re not talking about the recent weather this time.

L.A. County First District Supervisor Hilda Solis was among the first to fill up her water bottle from the new Water Box installation on Wednesday, located at the longtime Skid Row relief center for homeless people.

Skid Row residents will be able to get clean drinking water from the device around the clock.

The Water Box will produce up to 10 gallons of drinking water per minute. People in the area will be provided with refillable jugs for repeat usage, but people can fill up any container they like.

  • Residents of Skid Row will be able to get fresh,...

    Residents of Skid Row will be able to get fresh, clean water any time at the new WaterBoxes to be installed around Skid Row in Los Angeles. The Water Box will produce up to 10 gallons of clean drinking water per minute, and residents will be provided with refillable jugs for use. The water is tested daily with use and every few weeks by an independent and certified laboratory, and residents can fill any container of their choice with clean water. Several WaterBoxes are planned to be placed around Skid Row. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Troy Voughn, Presdident & CEO of the Los Angeles Mission...

    Troy Voughn, Presdident & CEO of the Los Angeles Mission and Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County supervisor, enjoy a drink of water from the new WaterBox installed at the Mission Wednesday, January 11, 2023. The Water Box will produce up to 10 gallons of clean drinking water per minute, and residents will be provided with refillable jugs for use. The water is tested daily with use and every few weeks by an independent and certified laboratory, and residents can fill any container of their choice with clean water. Several WaterBoxes are planned to be placed around Skid Row. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County supervisor, fills up her water...

    Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County supervisor, fills up her water bottle with water from the new WaterBox installed at the Los Angeles Mission Wednesday, January 11, 2023. The Water Box will produce up to 10 gallons of clean drinking water per minute, and residents will be provided with refillable jugs for use. The water is tested daily with use and every few weeks by an independent and certified laboratory, and residents can fill any container of their choice with clean water. Several WaterBoxes are planned to be placed around Skid Row. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Troy Voughn, Presdident & CEO of the Los Angeles Mission...

    Troy Voughn, Presdident & CEO of the Los Angeles Mission and Hilda Sollis, Los Angeles County supervisor, enjoy a drink of water from the new WaterBox installed at the Mission Wednesday, January 11, 2023. The Water Box will produce up to 10 gallons of clean drinking water per minute, and residents will be provided with refillable jugs for use. The water is tested daily with use and every few weeks by an independent and certified laboratory, and residents can fill any container of their choice with clean water. Several WaterBoxes are planned to be placed around Skid Row. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County supervisor, talks about the new...

    Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County supervisor, talks about the new WaterBoxes to be installed at areas around Skid Row in Los Angeles Wednesday, January 11, 2023. Water Box will produce up to0 gallons of clean drinking water per minute, and residents will be provided with refillable jugs for use. The water is tested daily with use and every few weeks by an independent and certified laboratory, and residents can fill any container of their choice with clean water. Several WaterBoxes are planned to be placed around Skid Row. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County supervisor, checks out water from...

    Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County supervisor, checks out water from the new WaterBox installed at the Los Angeles Mission Wednesday, January 11, 2023. The Water Box will produce up to 10 gallons of clean drinking water per minute, and residents will be provided with refillable jugs for use. The water is tested daily with use and every few weeks by an independent and certified laboratory, and residents can fill any container of their choice with clean water. Several WaterBoxes are planned to be placed around Skid Row. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Solis’ office temed up with WaterBox.org, Servicon, SoCalGas and the L.A. Mission to launchthe project, which will include other installations around Skid Row.

“Our mission is to take the requests of our community and develop long-lasting solutions to the problems they are facing,” said Troy Vaughn, President and CEO of L.A. Mission. “Working with WaterBox.org to deliver clean water to our community allows us to accomplish a small part of our commitment to the Skid Row Revitalization Project.”

The water is tested at each site by an independent and certified laboratory.

“Supporting a thriving and vibrant Skid Row community is one of my top priorities,” said Solis. “To that end, it is critical that we ensure residents’ basic needs are met. We must provide everyone living on the streets access to clean water, especially during the hottest months of the year when it is a matter of life and death.”

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