More than one billion people worldwide – roughly one out of every seven – have no choice but to use unsafe, contaminated water. To help solve this issue, Pentair Inc. and its Foundation announced a new five-year grant, totaling $1 million, to the non-profit Water Missions International (WMI). The multi-year grant will fund the implementation of clean water and sanitation projects in developing countries, further building on the work of Pentair's Project Safewater initiative with WMI.
currently operates water-quality and sanitation programs in nine countries – Honduras, Uganda,
Kenya, Malawi, Mexico,
Indonesia, Haiti, Peru
in Charleston, S.C., WMI is a nonprofit engineering
organization serving the water and sanitation needs of people in developing
countries and disaster areas. It uses low-maintenance, appropriate water
technologies for drinking water treatment and distribution, wastewater
management and storm water control.
grant to Water Missions International will benefit countless lives by speeding
access to sustainable, safe drinking water sources globally," says Randall
Hogan, Pentair's chairman and chief executive officer. "Through our
previous work with WMI on Project Safewater-Colón, we have shown that there is
an affordable solution to the global water crisis. We look forward to applying
what we've learned to further improve health and sanitation conditions in
communities around the world."
collaborated with WMI since 2007. In that time, Pentair's Project Safewater
initiative with WMI in Colon,
demonstrated that for only pennies a day per person, it's possible to provide
people with access to safe drinking water in regions where they don't have it
now. As a result, approximately 300,000
people in Colon
now have access to sustainable, safe water and sanitation facilities, along
with a related 80-percent reduction in waterborne diseases.
impressive as our progress in Honduras
has been, there is still more work to be done, more lives to improve and more
communities to transform," says Hogan. "We can make a difference in
the global water crisis."