A Tall Cool Drink of Water

Going green — By on October 11, 2009 at 6:36 am
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What is in your drinking water?

Sometimes its easy to take things for granted.  Here in America (and most of the developed world), we don’t often have to worry about clean drinking water.  Yet, each day more than 5,000 children die worldwide because of unsanitary conditions which results in a lack of potable water.  The World Health Organization states that safe drinking water is one of the greatest needs facing humanity.

What if we could save the lives of 2.2 million children who die each year from diarrheal disease by providing clean, pure water?

Deadly bacteria, parasites, silt and other impurities can be easily removed from any water source with the use of the PUR Purifier of Water packets.  They are described as a “mini water treatment plant in a packet.”

Small, portable and easy to use, the water purifier is a must-have in an emergency preparedness kit, and in any outdoors-person’s backpack.  Developed by Procter & Gamble and Reliance Products, the product works as follows:

  1. Take 10 liters of water
  2. Add a single 4-gram powder packet
  3. Stir continuously for 5 minutes
  4. Allow to stand for 5 minutes
  5. Filter the water through any cloth, such as a sheet or T-shirt)
  6. Allow the filtered water to stand for 20 minutes – then drink and enjoy

Pollutants and dirt are removed, while bacteria and viruses are killed.  The product is sold at no profit to Procter & Gamble.

Just watch this video taken in a rural Kenyan village:

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Drinking water is just 30 minutes away

Can you imagine being able to take dirty, silty water and transform it into pure drinking water in just 30 minutes?  So far, the PUR packets have helped clean over 1.6 billion gallons of water in developing countries!  A packet of 6 costs only $15.

Ensuring a source of potable water is not only necessary for impoverished areas.  If you enjoy camping, hiking, fishing or any other outdoor activity, you can ensure a tall cool drink of water, even if you run out of your own supply.  No emergency kit is complete without drinking water.  And this product can help ensure that you and your family will not be caught without potable water.

The PUR purifier of water has received numerous accolades and recognition for the difference it has made for so many lives.  But what can you do to help?

You can donate to organizations such as the PSI (a global health organization) which provides the water purifiers to developing countries.  For more information, check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) page on the PUR product.

If you’d like to purchase the PUR purifier of water packets for your own use, they can be found at retailers like Wal-Mart.  They come with the purifying packets, plus a cloth through which to filter the treated water.

Next time you pour yourself a tall cool drink of water, consider the millions of people that do not enjoy the luxury.  But you can help bring water filtration to developing countries, and perhaps save some precious lives.

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  1. Great blog Steph! Always good to see simple solutions come into play – more people need to be aware of what can be done.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Thanks Tara! There is so much we can do, for so little time or money to help people in need. I love bringing stories like this to light.

  3. Gotta hand it to P&G for developing the “magic powder”. We take relatively high quality and plentiful water for granted and seldom think about where it comes from or what is in it. The science guy in me wonders what exactly is in the PUR packet. Some water purification chemicals such as chlorine can create carcinogens that can lead to serious health problems. Maybe potable water with chemicals is better than no water or putrid water.

  4. Stephanie says:

    You know – you’re absolutely right. Who knows what is in the “magic powder?” (actually, I think there is a list at the P&G website). And, I do think that its a balancing of risks and benefits when it comes to clean drinking water. Thanks for stopping by, Glenn!

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