Mar 29, 2011

Nalco Commits Funds to WWF and Water For People

Grants for projects in China and India total nearly $1 million

Clean water is a necessity both for human survival and for economic growth. Nalco recognizes that simple fact in both its daily efforts to help the industry reduce water use and through collaborations with various non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

In recognition of the United Nations' annual World Water Day, the Nalco Foundation approved two multi-year grants funding important water programs in India and China.

A three-year, $450,000 grant to World Wildlife Fund will fund a water stewardship program to identify solutions to protect Taihu Lake, the third largest freshwater lake in China and a primary water source for more than 33 million people living in and around Shanghai. Taihu Lake is part of the Yangtze River basin, the source of water for 400 million people. The three objectives of the project are to:

• Reduce rural non-point water pollution of the lake through a pilot project involving a small shoreline village;
• Lessen industrial impacts through reduced water use and wastewater recycling and treatment; and
• Test the applicability of global water stewardship standards being developed by the Alliance for Water Stewardship to set voluntary criteria for good water management.

Nalco Co. will provide expertise in pollution prevention, water quality monitoring and industrial water management and help promote actions to improve water quality in Taihu Lake.

The foundation also is providing a three-year grant for $500,000 to Water For People. The money will help fund water, sanitation and hygiene programs in West Bengal and Bihar India. The effort includes:

• Facilitating the development of sustainable community water systems;
• Developing additional sanitation options for both homes and schools; and
• Providing local hygiene education programs through schools, targeting both students and their parents.

Since 2004, the Nalco Foundation has made more than $1 million in total grants to Water For People.

Nalco is also a participant in the United Nations' CEO Water Mandate, supporting and advancing water sustainability solutions with its customers and suppliers and within its own operations.