LAKE PLACID — The St. Eustace Church Mission water project has been in a holding pattern, but it's really starting to get off the ground.The plan, said mission member Paul Gutmann, is to send 200 home-water purifiers to the Dominican Republic communities of Gautier and Las Flores this summer.Most Dominicans, he said, don't have enough money to purchase bottled water, so, when they run out, they use public water."They have municipal water, but, it's in a community spigot," he said. "It doesn't run sometimes."It's a situation foreign to Gutmann, who, before retiring, operated the Village of Lake Placid waterworks.The mission team's medical clinic most often sees patients with waterborne illnesses."Bad water gives these small and delicate children diarrheal diseases," Gutmann said.Better hygiene awareness, he said, is one step. His son, Turner, played hygiene games with the kids during the recent mission trip, showing them cards with pictures, such as dirty hands, and the child had to say either "mala" (bad) or "bueno" (good).Gutmann wishes he could send more purifiers."I really wanted to buy a ton of bins; I wish there was more money available for this," he said. "I'm praying we'll find the money somewhere."
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