Cuomo says NY sending 1,000 water filters to Puerto Rico

December 03, 2017 04:37 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says 1,000 water filtration systems will be distributed to hurricane-battered Puerto Rico though a $1 million privately funded New York initiative.

The Democratic governor made a quick trip to Puerto Rico on Saturday, his third visit since Hurricane Maria struck in September.

While there, Cuomo called on Congress to fund Puerto Rico's $94.4 billion recovery plan, saying the island faces a long road to recovery.

The water systems New York is sending can filter 12 liters per hour, enough water for 75 to 100 people per day.

Cuomo said New York also has delivered supplies including 2.1 million bottles of water and 1.6 million diapers to Puerto Rico.

The state has sent hundreds of utility employees and National Guard personnel to help with the recovery.

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