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Louisville Water Foundation Announces First Gift

Wednesday December 4, 2013

The Louisville Water Foundation, created in April 2013, has announced its first gift.  The Foundation has committed $10,000 in relief assistance for the people of the Philippines whose country was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.  The Foundation awarded the gift to WaterStep, a Louisville-based water relief organization.  WaterStep will use the funds as part of its upcoming work to bring its chlorine generators to clean drinking water in the Philippines.
Louisville Water Company created the Louisville Water Foundation in April to complement the company’s mission of improving public health and the quality of life.  The Foundation, which does not operate with ratepayer dollars, centers its efforts on water assistance and water-related education.  The Foundation funds the Payment Assistance Program, which helps customers who have difficulty paying their water bill, provides assistance for water education efforts and supports programs with a mission of providing safe drinking water in other countries.
Shortly after the typhoon hit the Philippines, the Foundation board made a commitment to offer relief assistance and quickly concluded that WaterStep can help deliver that assistance with the M100 chlorine generators that Louisville Water and General Electric engineers helped create.  “The tragedy in the Philippines is a stark reminder of the critical need for safe drinking water during a crisis,” said Jim Brammell, Louisville Water Foundation President.  “The Foundation’s gift is a gesture on our part to help sustain life and provide relief.”