Coca-Cola Foundation Installing Clean Water Technology in Mexican Schools
Sara Jerome - Water Online
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July 26, 2014

The Mexican charity arm of Coca-Cola Co. plans to install drinking fountains that purify tap water at 741 public schools in Mexico. (Fundación Coca-Cola)

Coca-Cola is making an effort to provide clean water to schoolchildren in Mexico.

The Mexican charity arm of Coca-Cola announced a plan to donate drinking fountains that purify tap water to 741 public schools, the Wall Street Journal first reported last month.

Fundación Coca-Cola will spend $2 million, and has already installed 42 drinking fountains. "The fountains purify municipal water using sediment filters, activated carbon, and ultraviolet lamps, Fundación Coca-Cola said," the report said.

Mexican water is notorious for its poor quality.

"Mexicans' mistrust of municipal tap water runs deep and many communities lack access to clean drinking water. This combination has helped make Mexico the Coca-Cola Co.'s second-biggest market in the world by volume of sales and largest by per-capita sales. Mexico is also a top consumer per-capita of bottled water, according to Euromonitor International," the report said.

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