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Deloitte sets up safe water project

March 2007

A 12-month corporate-backed programme to bring safe water to neglected communities will target Bangladesh, China, India and countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

The programme was announced during the World Economic Forum at Davos by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, the professional services group, and the Safe Water Network, a non-profit organization set up to introduce purification technology for producing safe water.

The first aim will be to decide on the equipment to deliver clean water supplies to small individual communities. The technology will include a purification system developed by a company that has a director on the Safe Water Network Board.

After installing suitable equipment Deloitte and the Safe Water Network want to develop various ways of providing purified water, including creating local water entrepreneurs to ensure supplies and establishing social investment projects to serve health clinics.

They hope their efforts will empower communities to improve their living conditions and will lead to better health among the millions threatened by water-borne disease.

Nearly 1.1 billion people throughout the world lack access to safe drinking water and 90 per cent of those who die from water-related diseases in the developing world today are children aged under five.


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