Insituform donates $50,000 to Agua Pure clean water project in Dominican Republic

Insituform Technologies brings clean water to the Dominican Republic by donating $50,000 to Agua Pure Project to fund 1,000 reusable water filters, water testing equipment and educational materials. Agua Pure is being implemented by Jesus for all Nations, a missionary group working to distribute water filtration technology to residents of the Bayacanes area of the Dominican Republic. UN research notes that over a fifth of the Dominican Republic's population lacks access to basic sanitation...

Agua Pure Project will fund 1,000 reusable water filters, water testing equipment and educational materials.

CHESTERFIELD, MO, Feb. 9, 2007 -- Insituform Technologies Inc. is doing its part to bring accessible and affordable filtration systems to the village of Bayacanes and surrounding poverty-stricken communities in the Dominican Republic.

In an effort to provide clean water for the world, Insituform® announced Jan. 26 that it's donating $50,000 to the Agua Pure project in the Dominican Republic. According to a recent study from the UN, 1.1 billion people across the globe lack access to improved water sources. The same report also says that over a fifth of the Dominican Republic's population lacks access to basic sanitation.

Agua Pure is being implemented by Jesus for all Nations, a missionary group working to distribute water filtration technology to residents of the Bayacanes area of the Dominican Republic.

The new filtration method, developed by Potters for Peace and ceramics researcher Dr. Manuel Hernandez, uses kiln-fired clay pots to transform contaminated and turbid liquid into safe, drinkable water.

The pots are made using a mixture of sawdust and clay. During the firing process, the sawdust burns away, leaving the pots porous and suitable for filtration. Field tests have shown that the ceramic pots developed by Dr.
Hernandez remove 99.88% per cent of bacteria and microbes from drinking water including coli form bacteria and E. coli.

Volunteers for Agua Pure have built two firing facilities where the pots can be produced. The firing facilities employ local residents to implement and distribute the water purification systems.

The $50,000 donation from Insituform will subsidize the cost of pots produced at the facilities and fund the purchase of educational materials, payment of local residents working at the firing facility, ongoing water testing for one year, and transportation of the filtration materials.

Tom Rooney, CEO of Insituform, said, "This donation is in line with Insituform's mission of providing clean water for the world. We are always looking for opportunities that bring clean water to the people who need it most."

Jesus for all Nations Board of Directors' member Lisa Ballantine states, "The donation from Insituform will enable us to bring the equipment necessary for clean water to 1,000 households in this part of the world."

"The great thing about this simple technology is that it is sustainable by the very communities to which we are bringing it. Insituform is giving the people in these areas the ability to produce clean water for years to come," says Rooney.

Kofi Annan recently stated that "nearly 2 million children die every year of illnesses related to unclean water and poor sanitation." According to the UN, 53% of children with diarrhea related to unclean water in the Dominican Republic are receiving treatment.

For additional information on this project, click here

Insituform Technologies Inc. (www.insituform.com) is a leading provider of technologies and services for rehabilitating water, sewer and other underground piping systems without digging and disruption. Insituform has operations and licensees in 40 countries worldwide. Insituform is headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri and has manufacturing facilities in Batesville, Mississippi and Memphis, Tennessee.

Agua Pure is a project implemented by Jesus for all Nations. Jesus for all Nations is comprised of a group of volunteers from around the world who are living in or near Bayacanes, Dominican Republic. The group strives to bring clean water, education, and other resources to the communities they serve.

SOURCES:
-- United Nations. (2006). Beyond scarcity: Power, poverty and the global water crisis. 2006 Human Development Report. Accessed on the World Wide Web at click here.
-- Ballantine, L. (2006). Water Filter Project. Jesus for all Nations website.
Accessed on the World Wide Web at click here.

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