Thompson Equipment was put to use in disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Maria hammered Puerto Rico. (Photo: Thompson Pump and Manufacturing Co.)

Thompson Pump and Manufacturing Co. announced it won the 2019 Engineering News-Record Award of Merit in the Water/Environment category for its work in Puerto Rico during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The 13-person Thompson Pump crew’s efforts helped save an entire community from a potentially catastrophic flood and provided safe drinking water to more than 200,000 people, the company reported.

In the days after of the deadly Category 5 hurricane, Thompson equipment and personnel lowered the water level at the overflowing Guajataca Dam, and helped move water to be treated and made potable.

Leadership at the company said the destruction encountered was unimaginable. “Without hesitation our team, both on the ground in Puerto Rico and home in Florida, immediately got to work to make sure we could do whatever was possible to help the people through this extremely challenging time,” Bobby Zitzka, national sales manager, Thompson Pump, said.