SOURCE: Kohler Co.DESCRIPTION:
KOHLER, Wis., March 22, 2015 /3BL Media/ Kohler Co., a global leader in the plumbing industry, has shipped the first order of its ceramic filtration system, KOHLER Clarity, to Water Mission, a nonprofit, Christian engineering organization that provides sustainable safe water solutions to people in developing countries and disasters. Water Mission plans to distribute the filters in small communities in Haiti, Honduras and Peru.
“Our partnership with Water Mission helps give families in Haiti, Honduras and Peru access to healthier lives,” said Tim White, business development manager for water technologies at Kohler. “It is fitting that we were able to coordinate the much-anticipated first shipment of the Clarity filters with World Water Day, and we hope to extend our work with Water Mission in Haiti, Honduras, Peru and many other countries where families lack safe water.”
The filters, assembled at Kohler’s Sheridan, Ark. facility, will travel to Water Mission’s South Carolina headquarters before being transported to their final destination. Kohler Clarity provides a unique opportunity for Water Mission to provide water filters as a household-level solution in addition to other technologies the organization uses to provide safe water to people in need.
“We currently don't have a household-level solution for providing safe and accessible drinking water, and we are excited to explore opportunities with Kohler Clarity,” explained George Greene IV, PE, president and chief operating officer of Water Mission. “The Kohler name is synonymous with the highest level of quality and design, so we know that the product is reliable. The price difference for comparable solutions, without the Kohler reputation, is significant.”
In developing countries, like Haiti, Honduras and Peru, as much as 80 percent of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions. Water Mission’s full-time staff working in these countries will introduce the Kohler Clarity as a way of ensuring that the water people drink will not result in illness.
About KOHLER Clarity
Designed following global health leader PATH’s C1 filter guidelines, KOHLER Clarity provides an important solution in household water treatment. Designed for both form and function, the filter provides people with a high-quality design they can be proud of at an affordable price.
It works on gravity alone, no electricity or water infrastructure is needed. The filter holds 11 liters (2.9 gallons) of dirty water that flows into a 12-liter (3.1-gallon) reservoir, where the clean water is stored to avoid recontamination.
KOHLER Clarity removes over 99 percent of bacteria and protozoa and meets the World Health Organization’s standards. Additionally, studies show that safe drinking water and storage, such as filtering, reduces the risk of certain water-borne illnesses by 45 percent.
The filtration system is simple to assemble, use and maintain, with flush lines and smooth surfaces for easy cleaning. It’s backed by Kohler’s commitment to quality. For more information, visit Kohler.com/Clarity.
About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of 32,000 associates globally. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier furniture, cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St Andrews, Scotland. For more details, please visit to KOHLER.com.
About Water Mission
Water Mission is a nonprofit Christian engineering organization that designs, builds and implements safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas. Since 2001 Water Mission has used innovative technology and engineering expertise to provide safe water for more than 3 million people in 52 countries. Water Mission has over 250 staff members working around the world in permanent country programs located in Africa, Asia, North, South and Central America, and the Caribbean.
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