“Procter & Gamble, in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has developed a low-cost technology in a sachet to purify even heavily contaminated water so that it meets World Health Organization standards for safe drinking water. P&G’s water purification packets are being distributed through Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW), a foundation the company created in 2004. Since CSDW’s creation, P&G has distributed over 500 million packets to 63 countries and has partnered with several global relief organizations including AmeriCares, CARE, IFRC, PSI, Save the Children and World Vision. Through these efforts, over 5 billion liters of clean water have been made available to people around the globe. The program has saved more than 22,000 lives and prevented over 165 million days of disease.”
I read about this in a recent American Chemical Society (ACS) newsletter. It is a neat idea that Chemists Without Borders might be inspired by or may want to team up with this student group. The ACS Student Chapter at Missouri State University came up with a way to raise funds, spread their cause, and have some fun in the process. They held a “Water Pong for Pure Water” tournament to raise money for Coins for Cleaner Water. This program gives out water purification packets to people in developing countries. Water pong is a take on the classic college beer pong game, but with a clean water twist.
From the ACS website http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/membership-and-networks/acs/getinvolved/coins-for-cleaner-water.html: