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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: World Water Day Coming to Seattle March 21
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
3/19/2014  9:25:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
SPU Customer Service  (206) 684-3000


World Water Day Coming to Seattle March 21
Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light employees partnering with World Vision and the Clean Water Foundation to send cheap water purification technology to Ghana, Africa

SEATTLE — Seattle has some of the best drinking water in the world. Meanwhile, more than a billion people worldwide do not have access to suitable drinking water, and more than two billion people per year die from waterborne illness. Join us and learn more about how Seattle is helping to bring drinkable water to the developing world.

  • Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle City Light, World Vision, Clean Water Foundation
  • Technology Demonstration, Speaking Engagement
  • 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Friday, March 21st, 2014
  • Bertha Knight Landes Room, City Hall

Those attending will have the opportunity to taste water that has been drawn from a toilet and purified on site at City Hall using technology made possible through the Seattle Shares employee charitable contribution program. In addition to speakers from Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle City Light, World Vision, and the Clean Water Foundation, an “Outpost S” purification unit – bound for Ghana, Africa later this year – will be on display.

“Seattle has great water, but most of the world does not,” said Leon McLaughlin, Executive Director and founder of the Clean Water Foundation, “This is an opportunity to understand the future of water as a global resource and to taste the results of one solution to drinking water scarcity in the developing world.” The Clean Water Foundation is a local charity.

World Water Day was first recognized by the United Nations in 1994.

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