The world's largest plastic pipe maker, JM Eagle, has agreed to be the official supplier of infrastructure materials to The H2O Africa Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money and providing potable water solutions to African communities.
JM Eagle will provide PVC piping at cost, and already has committed $150,000 to the foundation, according to a news release.
World Health Organization data indicates that 1.2 billion people - one-fifth of the world's population - lack access to safe drinking water. Twice that many live without sanitation. The disease that can result from a lack of safe drinking and bathing water kills more than 8,200 every day.
H2O Africa Foundation officials say that a failure to cultivate crops and build functional irrigation systems leaves families hungry in many African regions. In addition to disease, the daily struggle to find clean water takes priority over education and social advancement, causing ``an unrelenting cycle of poverty and suffering.''