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CINCINNATI, Jun 19, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The Procter & Gamble Co. says it's developed a low-cost water purification kit to provide clean drinking water during emergencies and in developing nations.

The product, called the PuR Water Purifier, was developed by P&Gs Health Sciences Institute in London. The Cincinnati-based company said the kit can significantly reduce diarrheal illness. The institute's associate director, Greg Allgood, said studies appearing recently in the Journal of Water and Health demonstrated how PuR significantly removes pathogenic bacteria, viruses, and parasites from water.

Allgood said the process is simple. Mixing the contents of one small ketchup-sized packet into a container of water separates the dirt and other contaminants from the water within minutes. The water is then filtered through a cloth to provide cleaner, safer water.

He added, "We are working on approaches to reach the people who need the product, including providing PuR for preparing drinking water in emergency situations."

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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