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December 19, 2011

Corning Cable Systems Donates to Unique Water Charity

By Miguel Leiva-Gomez, TMCnet Contributor

Corning (News - Alert) Cable Systems, a part of Corning Inc's Telecommunications branch, just made a $30,000 donation to an organization known as "charity: water," a totally non-profit charity whose goal is to give people in developing countries access to safer drinking water. This donation was made as a gesture of the company's appreciation of its customers during the holidays.

The donation made by Corning Cable Systems goes fully to "charity: water" and its projects. The charity will use the money to build a pair of wells that supports an average community of 250 people. The money will also go into a clean water system and latrines in a school that has a 1000-student capacity.

charity: water works hand-in-hand with partnered organizations to install clean water and provide any maintenance necessary to communities that depend on the systems. The charity also works with organizations that train the communities on proper hygiene. The safe water is usually found in aquifers more than 100 feet below ground level, sometimes reaching down to 300 feet. Special drills are used to reach these depths and drill a bit farther to reach enough water capacity to provide 250 people with safe drinking water for 20 years. Although the charity mainly drills wells, it also rehabilitates old ones and provides rainwater traps. Biosand filters are implemented where necessary to keep water sanitary.

“On behalf of Corning, I commend charity: water for their tremendous contributions to communities around the world, and we're very proud to be a part of it,” said Pres. and CEO of Corning Cable Systems Clark Kinlin. “Knowing these water solutions will dramatically improve living conditions for so many people worldwide is a comfort during this holiday season, and a very special way of honoring our customers.”

Miguel Leiva-Gomez is a professional writer with experience in computer sciences, technology, and gadgets. He has written for multiple technology and travel outlets and owns his own tech blog called The Tech Guy, where he writes educational, informative, and sometimes comedic articles for an audience that is less versed in technology.

Edited by Rich Steeves