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Water purifying system could save lives in developing countries

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7388.520/c (Published 08 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:520
  1. Sarah Macdonald
  1. London

    An affordable system to bring safe water to individual households in developing countries could save millions of lives, according to Population Services International, a non-profit organisation based in Washington, DC.

    The Safe Water System, developed by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in partnership with the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization, uses a dilute sodium hypochlorite solution and community education techniques to bring clean water to poor communities. The system also recommends storing water in containers with a narrow mouth to prevent recontamination.

    “The worst aspect of dirty water is that it gives diarrhoeal diseases …

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