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Bring Safe Drinking Water to People Worldwide

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Project ended on February 21, at 11:59 PM CST
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Bring Safe Drinking Water to People Worldwide

Most of us take it for granted that our water doesn’t contain arsenic. For tens of millions of people around the world, however, that is not the case. Arsenic is present at harmful levels in millions of wells used for drinking water in the developing world, bringing with it increased risk for skin, liver, lung, kidney, and bladder cancer, along with disfiguring skin conditions. In Bangladesh alone, somewhere between 35 million and 77 million people are at risk according to the World Health Organization. 

It's a huge problem, but we believe we can solve it and you can help.

Auburn University’s Dr. Ming-Kuo Lee is seeking to address this issue in a safe, cost-effective way to bring safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Dr. Lee is working to perfect a process that uses bacteria to capture arsenic dissolved in drinking water. 

As the bacteria consume food (molasses in his process), they produce a compound that binds to the dissolved arsenic, locking it away in minerals so that it is no longer dissolved in the water. 

The success of this work depends on precise preparation and measurement of the samples.

We would like to move Dr. Lee’s work to stop the arsenic poisoning around the world forward more quickly, and you can help by supporting the equipment to prepare the test samples. This equipment will be instrumental in making sure that the process works completely, efficiently, and safely. Your gift can help provide more people around the world with clean, safe drinking water.

Thank you for your help, and please share our project with family and friends who are interested in providing safe water worldwide.

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