Test kits donated in effort to combat drinking water contamination
EMD Millipore, the life science division of Merck KGaA of Germany, announced it has sent thousands of water test kits to Thailand in an effort to ensure the safety of municipal drinking water following months of devastating flooding in the region.
“Safe drinking water is a basic human right,” said Robert Yates, head of EMD Millipore. “When it became apparent that public drinking water might be impacted by the floods, we did not hesitate to send our test kits. It is our collective hope that in some small way [we] can help the people of Thailand recover from these devastating floods.”
The company has shipped more than 10,000 test kit elements that will be distributed to various organizations in Thailand, including the National Metal and Materials Technology Center, a member of the National Science and Technology Development Agency; the Ministry of Science and Technology; and the Samsen office of the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority. The test kits will be used to detect any evidence of contamination in drinking water.
“The floods have carried dirt and potential contaminants into the raw water system, creating public concern about the safety of the water,” said Klaus Bischoff, head of EMD Millipore’s lab solutions. “The high-quality water analysis products we have donated will help the local authorities monitor the water quality and bring peace of mind to the community.”
In addition, EMD Millipore’s parent company, Merck KGaA of Darmstadt, Germany, has donated €110,000 to assist flood victims in the region. The donation is earmarked for flood evacuation efforts, as well as to provide temporary housing and filtered water to employees and the general public in the hardest hit areas of Thailand.