MINNEAPOLIS, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Following the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, Pentair, Inc., a leading global water solutions provider, in coordination with its Foundation, is immediately donating $200,000 to fund portable water treatment systems and related supplies to the devastated area of Japan in addition to supporting local organizations where the need will be most impactful. Pentair's donation will support the company's charitable partner, Water Missions International (WMI), who is sending 14 Living Water Treatment Systems (LWTS) to the ravaged area. The systems are capable of producing 200,000 gallons of potable water a day, serving the drinking water needs of approximately 65,000 people.
Each LWTS employs a multi-stage filtering system that reduces disease by removing waterborne pathogens, which can cause diarrhea, dysentery, cholera and hepatitis. The LWTS operates from any surface water – ponds, lakes, streams, etc.
"We know water is a fundamental and immediate need following disasters such as the enormity of this one in Japan. By partnering with WMI, we are able to help get clean, filtered water to people as quickly as possible," said Randall J. Hogan, chairman and CEO of Pentair.
The systems are currently being shipped and installed in coordination with WMI.
Pentair (www.pentair.com) is a global diversified industrial 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 2010 revenues of $3.0 billion, Pentair employs over 14,000 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.