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Pennies for PŪR™ Water: Help Make a Difference in People's Lives

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Click for Slide Show As part of the American Chemical Society's International Year of Chemistry 2011 celebration, NJ ACS is proud to participate in an exciting program – “Pennies for PŪR™ Water”. Please join us in raising funds to support this initiative.

Click for Slide Show Every day, several billion people around the world live without safe drinking water. More than 4,000 children die every day from diseases caused by drinking unsafe water. ACS is seeking to raise funds to purchase water purification packets that can be used in areas of the world that do not have readily available safe drinking water. The goal of the program is simple and if successful, the impact will be substantial: a true demonstration and validation of the ACS Vision, “Improving people's lives through the transforming power of chemistry.”

Procter & Gamble, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has developed a low-cost technology in a sachet, called PŪR™, to purify even heavily contaminated drinking water so that it meets World Health Organization standards for safe drinking water. P&G's PŪR™ packets are being distributed through its Children's Safe Drinking Water (CSDW) Program, run by a special founcation that the company created in 2004 (www.csdw.org). Since CSDW's creation, P&G has distributed over 300 million packets to 63 countries and has partnered with 110 organizations. Through these efforts over 3 billion liters of clean water have been made available to people around the globe. The program has saved more than 16,000 lives and prevented over 120 million days of diarrhea. For more information on the CSDW, please visit www.csdw.org

Each packet costs only 3 cents to produce, and safely treats 2.5 gallons of water. ACS is excited to be partnering with P&G's Children's Safe Drinking Water program. All funds raised by ACS will go towards the production costs.

The goal of NJ-ACS is to raise enough funds to be able to provide over 100,000 gallons of safe drinking water before the end of 2011. We hope you will consider making a donation to this very worthy cause. Thank you!

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