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The Safe Water Project

Using bleach to increase access to clean water in Peru

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Disinfecting Water in Peru

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Disinfecting Water in Peru

More than 663 million people in the world live without clean water and, in many areas, unsafe drinking water is the leading cause of illness and malnutrition.1 Over the years, Clorox has donated bleach to aid disaster relief in the US and around the world and supported several global programs aimed at stopping infections. The Clorox® Safe Water Project in Peru is the first time Clorox is leading an effort to address the chronic problem of unsafe drinking water. Since its launch the Project has proved strong results, with more than 60% of homes treating their water with bleach.

1. http://files.unicef.org/publications/files...

The Transformative Power of Bleach

Every day 350K liter of water are purified. The Clorox Safe Water project is using the disinfecting power of bleach to provide over 100 million liters of safe, drinkable water to over 25,000 people each year in 21 different communities.

a woman and child gathering water Every day, 350k liters of water are purified
The Safe Water Project

How Safe Water Works

A Two-Step Effort

Bleach Dispensers

The bleach dispensers provide a low-cost and sustainable solution for water treatment and disinfecting.

Education & Promotion

We provide educational and training sessions to the local communities to help encourage them to make use of the project’s resources.


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Help support programs like Safewater through the Tides Foundation*

*The Tides Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization which supports causes such as access to safe, clean water in South American locations. To express interest in supporting access to safe, clean water in South American locations, choose "Safe Water Project - 2000" in the drop down menu for "Select a designation."

Learn more about the Tides Foundation

Why Bleach Works Best

Sodium hypochlorite, the main ingredient in Clorox® Bleach, kills over 99% of bacteria and viruses commonly found in untreated water.

Bacteria and viruses are easily re-introduced to boiled water, but bleach stands guard for 24 to 48 hours and kills the vast majority of bad stuff that can infect a water supply.

Community-based bleach disinfecting projects can be scaled with modest resources.