LOS ANGELES JM Eagle, the world's largest plastic pipe manufacturer, has teamed with Columbia University's Earth Institute to bring sanitary, potable water to thousands of suffering people in the African nation of Senegal.
Los Angeles-based JM Eagle has donated and delivered more than $800,000 worth of PVC water pipe, which is being installed in various Millennium Villages in several rural and poverty-stricken communities in Africa.
The Millennium Villages project is a Columbia initiative focused on fighting poverty, hunger and disease in 12 African communities.
``Thousands of families who live in the region will have reliable access to safe water for the first time,'' said Jeffrey Sachs, Earth Institute director and professor of economics, in a news release. ``An expansion of irrigation will enable a significant increase in agricultural productivity. And the pipe will also be used to remove sewage, a primary cause of many waterborne diseases and a reason why many communities in the region are caught in a cycle of disease and poverty.''
JM is committed to Millennium Villages for the next five years.
The company also agreed to be the official supplier of infrastructure materials to the H2O Africa Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the same cause as the Millennium Villages project.
JM provides PVC piping at cost and has committed more than $150,000 to that effort.
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. Disease that can result from a lack of safe drinking and bathing water kills more than 8,200 every day.