LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Luvata has made a donation of copper materials to EDGE Outreach, an international nonprofit organization that delivers training and equipment for safe drinking water to nearly 400,000 people each year. Luvata’s donation of copper tube hairpins, which are often used in the manufacture of heat exchangers, will be used to manufacture 500 of EDGE’s highly efficient and effective water purification systems that can each sanitize up to 10,000 gallons of water per day.

According to the company, the technology is simple, easy to use, and easy to teach others. The process uses a handful of salt and a 12-V battery to produce chlorine gas, which is then pumped into contaminated water. It eliminates more than 99.9 percent of the bacteria and parasites that claim the lives of 3.6 million people each year.

Kurtis Daniels, director of training and field operations with EDGE Outreach, said, “We previously purchased raw tubing in 20-foot lengths, which then required skilled labor and special equipment to cut, solder, and manufacture the heat exchanger, a critical piece in the manufacture of EDGE’s water purification system. Luvata’s donation saves us weeks’ worth of work and headaches sourcing the raw materials and manufacturing this piece ourselves.”

Daniels added, “With over a billion people worldwide still lacking access to reliable supplies of clean water, we appreciate Luvata’s donation to our efforts. EDGE’s primary goal is to prevent sickness and death from waterborne disease, and every partnership we form is helping us to improve water quality in communities around the world.”

John Peter Leesi, CEO at Luvata, said, “The work EDGE Outreach undertakes is lifesaving and essential, so we are pleased to be able to support them with a solution that will impact their efforts to bring clean water to many more people.”

Publication date: 6/18/2012