ITT Corporation has donated eight of the company’s portable water purification units and replacement parts to areas of southwest China affected by the recent devastating earthquakes. The equipment was sent to Sichuan Province and will be installed and used at selected relief shelters.

The donated equipment, valued at US$290,000, will provide nearly 55,000 litres of safe drinking water per hour for quake victims living in the shelters, enough to satisfy more than 200,000 people. ITT executive leaders and technicians went to Sichuan to train local workers to operate the equipment.

“The water quality situation in China’s quake-affected region is dire and ITT is in a position to help. As a global leader in water treatment, we have the technology and expertise to make a difference in Sichuan Province,” said Nick Hill, president of ITT’s Motion & Flow Control group and leader of ITT’s relief efforts in China. “We’ve learned a lot about the needs of natural disaster victims since our experience in Sri Lanka in 2004, and have dedicated time and resources to organize our ability to respond quickly in situations like these.”

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