Parkson joins efforts to improve drinking water quality in Haiti

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• New water treatment plant should be installed this year

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Feb. 11, 2010 -- It has been almost a month since the devastating earthquake destroyed Haiti. Dozens of nations and non-profit organizations are working non-stop to help rebuild the country. Parkson has joined these efforts and is committed to improving the quality of water in Haiti. The company is working now with numerous non-profits and partners to build and install a low-maintenance treatment facility in the coming months.


"Our intention is to have a new plant designed by the middle of 2010 and installed late this year or in early 2011," explains Zain Mahmood, Parkson's CEO. "A Parkson engineer will travel to Haiti in mid-March to evaluate the specific needs, operating requirements and potential installation sites."

Following the 2004 Tsunami in Southeast Asia, Parkson developed and installed a water treatment plant in Indonesia, which has efficiently treated 500 million gallons of water since it was launched. Read more >

Additionally, in the week of the earthquake, Parkson's Giving Committee met and decided to direct approximately 20% of its annual giving allocations to the Haiti efforts via the American Red Cross. Besides the American Red Cross, Parkson has three long-term philanthropic relationships with Engineers Without Borders and Water For People. The company contributes monetarily and its employees get actively involved in projects, such as the upcoming effort in Honduras with Water For People. Read more about water projects in Honduras >

Parkson's employees are also pursuing personal appeals for additional fund-raising. Mike Miller, VP of the Municipal Business, created his own "Hair for Haiti" campaign and raised over $4,000 from company employees. A week after the earthquake struck, Mr. Miller had his hair shaved in his quest to raise additional exposure and dollars for the cause.

"We have all been so incredibly moved by the recent events in Haiti and our hearts go out to the victims of this terrible tragedy. I thought that I could bring attention, and a bit of levity, to the cause by offering my locks in return for additional giving," said Mike.

About Parkson Corporation
With 25,000 installations in its 50 years of existence, Parkson Corporation is a leading provider of advanced solutions in water recycling and treatment and is committed to providing clean water for the world. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, with offices in Chicago, Montreal, Dubai and partners in Latin America, India and China, Parkson is an Axel Johnson Inc. company. To learn more, visit www.parkson.com.

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