Dec 28, 2000

Dow Shows Students How Science and Technology Help Alleviate Fresh Water Needs

Scientists from The Dow Chemical Co. demonstrated how science and technology can be used to purify water from lakes, rivers and even the ocean, for drinking at the Standborough Secondary in Watford where students have a keen interest in the topic of water conservation and purification.

The Standborough School is the home of the Water4Life Appeal/Children Helping Children Campaign. The Water4Life Appeal is an international initiative formed to raise awareness of water borne diseases caused by contaminated drinking water supplies. The Appeal hopes to raise 25 million pounds sterling to finance on the ground projects that will reduce the threat of water borne illnesses caused by contaminated drinking water.

Dow manufactures two technologies for water purification, DOWEX ion exchange resins and FILMTEC membranes. "We wanted to expose the students to some of the technological alternatives available for helping solve this problem," said Ian Barbour global business director for Dow Liquid Separations.

Dow is donating $5,000.00 (about 3,000 pounds sterling) to the Appeal. In addition Dow will provide a permanent link from the Dow Liquid Separations website to the Water4Life Appeal home page.

Laura Sweeting, spokesperson for the Water4Life Appeal/Children Helping Children said, "I want to give the world 'pupil power' through the Internet to help prevent many more children from dying due to the lack of clean, fresh water,"

(Source: The Dow Chemical Co.)