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April 1, 2014
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USTDA SUPPORTS CLEAN DRINKING WATER PROJECT IN MEXICO

ARLINGTON, VA – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant this week to Mexico's State Water Commission of Durango to support its efforts to provide clean drinking water in the State of Durango. The feasibility study will fund a pilot project to demonstrate the effectiveness of point-of-use drinking water filters that have been custom-designed to remove contaminants from the local drinking water supply.

"USTDA is pleased to partner with the State Water Commission on this innovative pilot project, which seeks to provide clean drinking water to communities throughout the State of Durango," said Director Leocadia I. Zak.

The State Water Commission of Durango has selected U.S. firm The Water Initiative, LLC (Norwalk, CT) to carry out the feasibility study. If the pilot project is successful, the State Water Commission would likely expand the use of point-of-use drinking water filters to improve the quality of drinking water in Durango. The drinking water supplied to nearly 500,000 people in Durango currently contains high levels of fluoride, which can cause harmful health effects such as skeletal fluorosis and osteoporosis.

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

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