Mar 28, 2012

Pentair Provides $1 Million Grant for Clean Water & Sanitation Projects

Company will continue to work with nonprofit organization Water Missions Intl.

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 nonprofit group Water Missions Intl. (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. ."

WMI currently operates water quality and sanitation programs in nine countries: Honduras, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Indonesia, Haiti, Peru and Belize. ."

"Our grant to Water Missions Intl. will benefit countless lives by speeding access to sustainable, safe drinking water sources globally," said Randall J. Hogan, chairman and CEO of Pentair. "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." ."

Pentair has collaborated with WMI since 2007. In that time, Pentair's Project Safewater initiative with WMI in Colon, Honduras, demonstrated that for only pennies a day per person, it is possible to provide people with access to safe drinking water. As a result, approximately 300,000 people in Colon now have access to sustainable, safe water and sanitation facilities, along with a related 80% reduction in waterborne diseases. ."

"As 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," Hogan said. "We can make a difference in the global water crisis."