New Pipe Systems Mean Renewed Life for Thousands in West Africa

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The World Chlorine Council donated $125,000 for pipes in West Africa that will mean access to safe, clean water for tens of thousands of people in the region.

The World Chlorine Council donated $125,000 for pipes in West Africa that will mean access to safe, clean water for tens of thousands of people in the region. The Council, a global network of industry trade associations and companies, also actively supports the West African Water Initiative by providing materials used by World Vision and other members.

The grant will be used by World Vision to purchase extensive amounts of polyvinyl chloride piping for its West African Water Initiative operations in Ghana and Mali. Made of chlorine, the PVC piping is bacteria-resistant, which helps maintain the quality of water when it flows from local borehole wells to rural communities. That is essential to ensure residents receive safe and clean water.

“The World Chlorine Council’s generous gift is a prime example of how an organization plays a vital role in facilitating access to potable water,” said Bismark Nerquaye-Tetteh, Secretariat of the West African Water Initiative.

In partnership with other WAWI members, World Vision is drilling 825 borehole wells and providing other water technology systems in rural West Africa, bringing the gift of health and clean water to nearly 500,000 people over a six-year period.

“World Vision knows that clean water is life,” said Rich Stearns, President of World Vision.
“We’re proud to partner with the World Chlorine Council in supporting efforts to ensure that communities in need receive this essential resource.”

Access to clean water can prevent death, end conflicts, save precious time and provide the key to transform entire communities. World Vision water projects have given more than 10 million people access to clean water and improved sanitation over the past 20 years.

The West African Water Initiative was inspired by the vision of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and grew from years of experience with partners in Ghana to provide rural water supply and sanitation as the entry point for community development. Several leading organizations in international water management engage with national and local governments, citizen groups, and communities in West Africa to jointly address critical human health needs, poverty alleviation and sustainable development through better management of water resources.

The Council is a global network of national and regional trade associations and their member companies representing the chlorine and chlorinated product industries.

Media Contacts:
Anne Duffy - World Vision 202-572-6340 (office) 202-352-5408 (cell)
Karen Kartes – World Vision 253-815-2163 (office) 206-351-4315 (cell)

World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. World Vision serves the world’s poor regardless of a person’s religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, visit http://www.worldvision.org.

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