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    A Drop to Drink

    Worldwide, one in eight people lacks access to safe drinking water. In developing countries, waterborne illnesses such as diarrhea, guinea worm, trachoma, and schistosomiasis fill 50 percent of all hospital beds and lead to 3.5 million deaths annually—including those of 4,000 children every day. Naturally occurring contaminants including arsenic, fluoride, radon, and selenium—as well as scores of industrial chemicals—cause myriad chronic conditions, from bone malformation to diabetes and cancer. Even in the U.S., where indoor plumbing and chlorination are the norm, health-care costs associated with Legionnaire’s disease, cryptosporidiosis, and giardiasis—all transmitted in tainted water—total more than $500 million every year. (Click title to read more)

    Posted over 2 years ago

  • Green

    Huffington Post interview with Kevin McGovern

    People take tap water for granted in two ways. First, they overlook the aging infrastructure used to deliver water to the faucet, which brings metals and contaminants with it through decaying pipes. Second, homeowners believe using filters to clean at the point of drinking (POD) provides safe water.

    “Carbon filters, which are used by 90 percent of our U.S. companies, do little more than improve the taste and remove chlorine,” Kevin McGovern said…. (click title to read more)

    Posted over 2 years ago

  • Fortune

    Water: The most undervalued resource

    “The notion that there’s an inherent right to water makes investment challenging,” Will Sarni, head of the sustainability consulting firm Domani, said Tuesday during a panel at Fortune’s Brainstorm Green conference.

    ‘”It is a human right,” said panelist Kevin McGovern, chairman of the Water Initiative, a business that brings water purification systems to homes and organizations worldwide. “But you can’t have it for free.” (click title to read more)

    Posted over 2 years ago