Safe drinking water is goal of Pentair research project

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, March 22, 2010 -- An estimated one billion people around the world, most of them in developing countries, lack access to safe water...

Mar 23rd, 2010

• Project Safewater aims to affordably solve world's safe drinking water crisis

MINNEAPOLIS, MN, March 22, 2010 -- An estimated one billion people around the world, most of them in developing countries, lack access to safe water. And 25,000 people die every day from preventable water-borne diseases, according to the World Health Organization.

In order to help solve the world's clean water crisis, Pentair Inc. (NYSE: PNR) and its Foundation are nearing completion of a multi-year, $4.7 million Project Safewater research program. The goal is to demonstrate that people in developing countries can be provided access to sustainable sources of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities quickly and cost effectively.

"The world's population faces an increasing lack of access to safe drinking water. Our hope is that we can scientifically demonstrate that the clean water crisis can be addressed in an affordable and sustainable manner," said Susan Carter, manager, Pentair Foundation.

Project Safewater is being conducted in Colon, Honduras, where most of the region's approximately 400,000 people have lived without clean water and proper sanitation facilities. Pentair has partnered with the non-profit Water Missions International to bring water treatment and sanitation to those who need it.

To date, Pentair's Project Safewater has installed over 200 water-treatment systems and nearly 10,000 individual sanitation facilities throughout Colon. Community education programs help ensure that families understand the importance of safe, clean drinking water, and the connection between good hygiene practices and good health.

Scientific data on the health impact and overall effectiveness of Project Safewater has begun to be gathered, in cooperation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Honduran Department of Health. The initial results appear promising, although further data continues to be gathered. Pentair anticipates completing its Project Safewater initiative in late 2010.

Carter added: "Our efforts are aligned with and fully support the United Nation's call to action on World Water Day 2010, being celebrated today." Under the theme "Clean Water for a Healthy World," the United Nations-sponsored event is held annually to call attention to the importance of fresh water and raise awareness about the sustainable management of fresh water resources.

About The Pentair Foundation
Established in 1998, The Pentair Foundation has committed more than $24 million to strengthen and support communities in which Pentair operates, with a focus on education, water quality and community giving. Through the Foundation, Pentair directs two percent of its pre-tax earnings to charitable organizations annually. For more information on the Foundation, visit http://www.pentair.com/About-Us/The-Pentair-Foundation.aspx.

About Pentair Inc.
Pentair (www.pentair.com) is a global diversified operating company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its Water Group is a global leader in providing innovative products and systems used worldwide in the movement, treatment, storage and enjoyment of water. Pentair's Technical Products Group is a leader in the global enclosures and thermal management markets, designing and manufacturing thermal management products and standard, modified, and custom enclosures that protect sensitive electronics and the people that use them. With 2009 revenues of $2.7 billion, Pentair employs approximately 13,000 people worldwide.

About Water Missions International
Water Missions International is a nonprofit organization that provides clean, safe water to people in developing countries and disaster areas through a variety of technologies. The organization's goal is to provide sustainable access to safe drinking water.

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