Proctor & Gamble and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed PUR, a water purifying system for developing countries. One small PUR packet quickly turns 10 liters of dirty, potentially deadly water into clean, drinkable water.
Director of the Children's Safe Drinking Water Program, Greg Allgood discusses the issue of treating water at the household level and demonstrates PUR by purifying dirty water from his garden and drinking it.
Dr. Greg Allgood is the Director, Children's Safe Drinking Water at Procter & Gamble and Senior Fellow in Sustainability. Dr. Allgood has been with P&G for 23 years and leads P&G's efforts to provide safe drinking water in the developing world.
He has a PhD in Toxicology from North Carolina State University and a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where he did research in the water area. Dr. Allgood was named as an Internationalist of the Year in 2008 by Internationalist Magazine for helping shape P&G's global image.
He received the 2007 Strategic Vision Award from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the 2007 International Health Communication Gold Medallion from Johns Hopkins University's Center for Communication Programs. He won the American Express Members Project for his entry on safe drinking water in 2007 resulting in $2 million for UNICEF to provide safe drinking water.
He was recognized as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2006 from his alma mater, the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill. In 2007, the program that Dr. Allgood leads received the Ron Brown US Presidential Award for Corporate Citizenship, the United Nations Association Global Leadership Award, the Grainger Challenge Bronze Award for Sustainability, and the EPA Children's Health Excellence Award.