WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- LifeStraw®, a global leader in developing innovative filtration and purification products for safe drinking water, is providing an immediate, easy call- to- action to provide victims of Hurricane Harvey with access to safe drinking water through its Safe Water Fund. This fund supports the distribution of LifeStraw Go water filter bottles and LifeStraw Community high volume water purifiers to people most impacted by the storm. LifeStraw water filters and purifiers remove waterborne pathogens such as E. coli, Giardia, Cholera and other bacteria and parasites. They are designed for hard to-reach settings and are often used in disasters globally. Members of LifeStraw's U.S. team are currently working directly with responders in the areas identified as having the greatest need for drinking water. First shipments are going out today.
The LifeStraw Safe Water Fund (http://bit.ly/SafeWaterFund) is an interactive online platform managed by the New Venture Fund, a 501-c3 public charity. Individuals and groups can support programs through tax-deductible contributions that go toward specific safe water programs they select. To donate directly to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, please visit: www.crowdrise.com/hurricaneharvey
Water contamination is one of the main threats facing responders in Hurricane Harvey's aftermath. Government agencies are likely to soon have to deal with contaminated drinking water and flooded wastewater plants.
Vestergaard, the parent company of LifeStraw, has been active in responding to emergencies over the past 25 years with teams in 64 countries globally. LifeStraw products have been used to prevent waterborne disease for victims of disaster all over the world. Most recently, LifeStraw supported victims of the disasters in Haiti, Ecuador, Peru, South Sudan, Myanmar, Nepal and the Philippines. LifeStraw is committed to ensuring people have access to safe water, preventing waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and bacterial contamination such as E.coli that can become prevalent following disasters when water quality is compromised.