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ITT and Mercy Corps Collaborate to Provide Safe Water and Sanitation to Earthquake Victims in HaitiSubscribe to RSS feed

Morton Grove, Illinois, February 22, 2010 — ITT Corporation, parent of Bell &
Gossett, Goulds Pumps and other brands serving the HVAC and plumbing
industry, announced today that through its partnership with Mercy Corps,
the company is donating five portable water treatment systems in Haiti,
providing enough potable water each day for up to 200,000 victims of
the January 12 earthquake. The units were donated by ITT and deployed
through Mercy Corps' large-scale humanitarian aid response.


This collaborative disaster response is part
of a strategic partnership between ITT's corporate citizenship program,
ITT Watermark®, and Mercy Corps. The partnership consists of an ongoing
commitment to help provide safe water during emergencies. Immediately
following the earthquake, ITT authorized Mercy Corps to tap up to
$100,000 of ITT's 2010 Emergency Fund, established to provide fast
funding to support an initial, on-the-ground assessment of short- and
long-term needs after a disaster. The initial assessment in
Port-au-Prince identified an acute need for access to water and
sanitation, and set in motion the process of delivering the life-saving
equipment to Haiti.


"Lack of clean water and sanitation presents
a critical health risk to victims following disaster, and as a global
water leader, ITT is uniquely positioned to help," said Steve Loranger,
chairman, president and chief executive officer, ITT. "There is much to
be done in Haiti and we are proud to use our expertise in fluid
technology to support our partner, Mercy Corps, with the rebuilding and
recovery of water and sanitation infrastructure in Haiti for the
long-term."


In the aftermath of disaster, lack of clean,
potable water, combined with poor living conditions, exacerbates the
threat of water-borne disease. As a result, providing safe water and
access to adequate sanitation becomes even more crucial.


"Providing access to clean water and
sanitation is an essential focus of both our short- and long-term
recovery efforts in Haiti," said Nancy Lindborg, president of Mercy
Corps. "With ITT as a partner, we are able to deliver the resources
necessary to provide local communities with sustainable water solutions
and help families in need."


ITT has also committed to doubling its match
to contributions employees make to Mercy Corps, up to $5,000 for a
maximum of $10,000. To date, employee contributions and the company
match total $480,000.


ITT has a strong legacy of supporting
communities in need and responding to disaster through its products and
expertise. Most recently, ITT responded to the 2008, 8.0-magnitude
earthquake which hit Sichuan Province, in Western China; and after
massive flooding in Honduras displaced thousands of people in 2008, ITT
Watermark provided Mercy Corps with funding and portable water treatment
systems to restore access to safe drinking water to more than 50,000
people.