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Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program

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Tomorrow, a group of people will begin their Kilimanjaro “Summit on the Summit” to raise awareness about the need for clean drinking water in the developing world and the need for funding life-saving water programs. Yes, some are celebrities, including Jessica Biel, Alexandra Cousteau, and Elizabeth Gore. But the one in the group who interests me most is Dr. Greg Allgood.

Before I tell you about Dr. Allgood, I want to share a few staggering statistics about the problem of unsafe drinking water. First, more than one billion people on our planet do not have access to safe water. We live in a world where 4,000 children in developing countries die EVERY DAY from illness and disease related to unsafe drinking water. Diarrhea doesn’t mean a trip to the drugstore to pick up some Pedialyte. It means there is a very good chance your baby is going to die. More children die from diarrheal illnesses like cholera and dysentery than from HIV/AIDS or malaria combined.

Here’s the bright spot in this story… years ago, chemists from Procter & Gamble teamed up with the Centers for Disease Control and developed powder packets that quickly and easily convert truly nasty water into clean, safe, drinking water. The packets cost pennies to produce. The only problem was that P&G wasn’t making any money from these packets and planned to discontinue their production. Greg Allgood, a P&G public health specialist, who now heads up the Children’s Safe Drinking Water program, convinced the company to set up a nonprofit unit for the product instead. Since then, Dr. Allgood and his partners have been able to produce more than one billion liters of clean drinking water for children and their families in more than 40 developing nations by using PUR packets to kill viruses and bacteria and remove parasites, dirt and pollutants. This short video will show you how truly amazing these packets are at transforming murky parasite-laden water into clear safe drinking water.

So what can you do to help? Visit the Children’s Safe Drinking Water website to learn more about the issue, make a donation ($1 gives a child clean water for 50 days), or write about the CSDW and Summit on the Summit on your own blog/facebook page/twitter account.

Or, if you’re in the market for a home water filter, PUR provides one week of clean drinking water to a child in the developing world through CSDW for every home PUR system sold.

To celebrate and help raise awareness of this Summit on the Summit event, PUR would like to give away a PUR pitcher to one of you. Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. Even if you didn’t think you needed a water filter, go ahead and enter to show your support for the cause. Thank you.

To enter, just leave a comment on this post by midnight MST on Friday, January 15. Anonymous comments won’t count. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced by January 18. If I don’t hear back from the winner, another winner will be chosen. One entry per person please. Thanks and good luck!

Posted Wednesday, January 6, 2010 in Food & Drink