The Pentair Foundation partnered with the non-profit Water Missions International (WMI) to bring water treatment and sanitation to those in need in Colón, Honduras. As a comprehensive program, Project Safewater funded the installation of more than 200 water treatment systems and over 10,000 individual sanitation facilities in Colón, which serves approximately 75 percent of the region. Project Safewater also encompassed widespread community education programs to heighten awareness of the importance of safe, clean drinking water and the connection between good hygiene practices and health.
Additionally, to ensure that safe, treated water continues to be available beyond Pentair’s initial funding period, Project Safewater established a microenterprise business model, where the local community owns the water treatment systems and users pay their communities a nominal fee for potable water. The individual user fee is established by the local community to cover the ongoing operation and maintenance of their system. Once installed, the system costs pennies per person per day to operate.
Project Safewater used The Living Water Treatment System, a system that relies on filtration and chemical disinfection to produce safe drinking water. The system has been designed for use in tough environments, is ruggedly built, simple to operate, easily maintained, and when operated properly, will provide safe drinking water for many years.
Project Safewater's goals in Colón, Honduras are:
The results of Project Safewater show that for less than $0.05 per person per day, people can have access to safe drinking water in regions where they don’t have it now.
Final data compiled in 2010 showed that only 4.5 percent of the residents studied tested positive for parasites, compared to 25 percent of those tested without treated water, an 80 percent improvement.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal selected Pentair as the June 2010 recipient of the Jefferson Awards for Corporate Giving. Pentair was chosen because of the time, talent and energy dedicated to charitable causes, specifically Project Safewater, through The Pentair Foundation.
International Corporate Citizen
The International Leadership Institute (ILI) presented Pentair with its 2011 International Corporate Citizen Award. The award recognizes Pentair’s leadership in developing sustainable water solution projects worldwide. In particular, ILI highlighted Pentair’s Project Safewater initiative in Colon, Honduras.
The Starkey Award
The Starkey Hearing Foundation honors Pentair for its unwavering commitment to helping others and its relentless giving of time and effort to make a positive change in the world.