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DuPont helps more than 300 rural school children gain access to clean water 
Funds and sets up Reverse Osmosis water systems in three Government Primary Schools

Hyderabad, India, April 1, 2011 – DuPont is taking the lead to improve the lives of people in the communities around its DuPont Knowledge Center (DKC) located in Hyderabad. DuPont undertook complete civil and plumbing and installation of Reverse Osmosis (RO) water purification systems in three Primary schools, located in Turkupalli Village, Hyderabad. Close to three hundred children under the age of ten years will now have access to drinking water.

Until now the children studying in Zilla Parishad Primary School, Tanda Primary School and Harijanwada Primary School did not even have proper access to municipal water. But all this changed, when scientists from DKC analyzed the water and discovered significant quantities of nitrate and fluoride that made the water unsafe to consume. It was then DuPont decided to solve the water issue for these children.

The new RO system installed will help filter out the Nitrate and Fluoride content, making the water cleaner and safer for consumption. The RO systems are installed in the kitchens of each school, making it convenient for them to drink water and help cook food as well. Prior to the installation of the RO systems, food was cooked close to a drainage system – a completely unhygienic practice. This initiative by DuPont employees has now helped quench the thirst of little children and improved hygiene.

Homi Bhedwar, Director - DuPont Knowledge Center director says "Our teams at DKC are dedicated to improving the communities around us. We learn to value simple necessities like water, food, education and good living conditions only when we see the deplorable conditions in which these children live. We are glad we took this initiative and hopefully helped improve lives in some way”’
Amongst other initiatives, DKC has helped paint schools, improve libraries and conduct sports and painting competitions.

Through financial contributions and the active volunteer participation of employees, DuPont globally, provides support to programs and non-profit organizations that address one or more components of community sustainability.

About DuPont Knowledge Center, Hyderabad, India
The DuPont Knowledge Center, Hyderabad is one of the global centers of R&D and innovation excellence for DuPont. With DuPont science focused on addressing the market needs of today and tomorrow, the center helps accelerate innovation and development of solutions to address those needs globally and also for specific needs of customers in India and other emerging markets such as ASEAN.  The DuPont Knowledge Center houses three distinct centers of excellence – the Biotechnology Research Center, the Material Research & Application Development Center and the Engineering Center.

About DuPont India
DuPont India is a subsidiary of the American parent. DuPont relationship with India began more than 200 years ago when it received its first shipment of raw materials from India to produce black powder for explosives in 1802. Today, DuPont India markets a wide range of products in varied market segments. With over 1800 employees and six production facilities in three locations, DuPont India has been growing at double-digit rate annually in the last five years.

About DuPont
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