American Chemistry Council Salutes World Water Day

Chlorine Chemistry Provides Safe Water, Delivered Safely

Mar 22, 2007, 01:00 ET from American Chemistry Council

    ARLINGTON, Va., March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American
 Chemistry Council's (ACC) Chlorine Chemistry Division marks World Water Day
 today with a reminder that chlorine chemistry is essential to delivering
 safe water to consumers.
     "For nearly a century, chlorine disinfectants have helped protect
 public health by destroying disease-causing bacteria, viruses and parasites
 in drinking water," noted Robert J. Simon, Managing Director of the
 Chlorine Chemistry Division. Addressing this year's World Water Day theme
 "Coping with Water Scarcity," Simon added, "PVC water delivery pipes, made
 with chlorine chemistry, help conserve precious water resources."
     The vast majority of U.S. water systems that disinfect their drinking
 water use some type of chlorine-based process, either alone or in
 combination with other disinfectants. Before U.S. cities began treating
 drinking water with chlorine -- starting with Chicago and Jersey City in
 1908 -- cholera, typhoid fever, hepatitis A and dysentery killed thousands
 of U.S. residents annually.
     The American Water Works Association stated in a 2003 report that some
 2.2 trillion gallons of water are lost annually in the U.S., primarily as a
 result of pipe corrosion leaks and breaks. While chlorine's role in helping
 to disinfect drinking water is well-known, less recognized is the role of
 chlorine chemistry in delivering water safely through the growing use of
 PVC (polyvinyl chloride) pipes. PVC pipes do not corrode like metal pipes,
 so PVC pipes are less prone to failure than pipes constructed of other
 materials, preventing leakage, and going a long way toward "coping with
 water scarcity."
     The Chlorine Chemistry Foundation, established by the Chlorine
 Chemistry Division of the American Chemistry Council, works through
 effective partnerships to increase sustainable access to safe drinking
 water in underserved communities and areas ravaged by natural disasters.
     The American Chemistry Council (ACC) is committed to improving
 environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care(R),
 common sense advocacy, environmental research and product testing. The
 business of chemistry is a $635 billion enterprise and a key element of the
 U.S. economy. It is one of the nation's largest exporters, accounting for
 ten cents of every dollar in exports. Chemistry companies are among the
 largest investors in research and development, with their products
 improving the quality of life for all people through essential advances in
 public health, clean drinking water and new technologies.
     The Chlorine Chemistry Division of the American Chemistry Council
 represents major producers and users of chlorine in the United States. The
 chlor-alkali industry contributes over $2 billion to the North American
 economy annually and helps provide thousands of essential products,
 including drinking water disinfectants, PVC pipe, 93 percent of all
 pharmaceuticals, 25 percent of all medical plastics and 86 percent of crop
 protection chemicals.
     Tiffany Harrington -- (703) 741-5583

SOURCE American Chemistry Council