American Standard Partners with
Water For People to Improve Sanitation Facilities Worldwide.
600,000 SaTo Sanitary Toilet Pans to Be Distributed Over the
Next Five Years.
new partnership between American Standard Brands and NGO Water For
People will focus on improving quality of life and access to safe
sanitation around the globe. Over the next five years, American
Standard will donate 600,000 SaTo sanitary toilet pans to be
distributed by Water For People to help save lives and prevent the
spread of disease from open pit latrines.
Our partnership with Water For People will have a positive impact on
the lives of an estimated three million people over the next few
years. In fact, the first shipments of SaTo pans to be distributed
by the Water For People team are arriving in Malawi and Uganda
(Africa) shortly,” said Jay Gould, president and CEO of American
Standard Brands. "It is so gratifying to see how lives can be
improved, and saved, by successful partnerships like this connecting
In early 2013, American Standard unveiled the SaTo (pronounced
SAH-toh, derived from Safe Toilet) sanitary toilet pan, invented to
work without sewer infrastructure and originally designed for use in
Bangladesh. The SaTo pan uses ingeniously simple mechanical and
water seals to close off pit latrines from the open air, thereby
reducing the transmission of disease and odor.
The company also launched its Flush for Good campaign aimed at
increasing awareness of the global sanitation crisis and creating
innovative solutions to help improve sanitation facilities in
developing countries. Through this effort, the Company donated over
530,000 SaTo pans in 2013 for distribution throughout Bangladesh
over the next year.
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Water For People believes
in Sanitation as a Business (SAAB). By identifying and
supporting local entrepreneurs, Water For People helps these
businesses provide quality, sustainable services and succeed
in the regions where they work. This approach moves away
from traditional subsidized sanitation aid programs to a
model that empowers local businesses to provide much needed
sanitation services to the poor throughout cities and rural
districts worldwide. In addition to local businesses, Water
For People works with families and government officials to
align goals and strategies.
Part of helping these businesses succeed is ensuring they
have affordable, easily maintained, and sustainable
sanitation products to sell, like the hygienic American
Standard SaTo pan. By creating an economic environment that
encourages the sale of the reasonably priced SaTo pan, Water
For People can help generate the greatest positive health
Our partnership with American Standard is a significant part
of our efforts to solve the global sanitation crisis,” said
Ned Breslin, CEO of Water For People. “The sale of the SaTo
pan will help drive economic growth and build healthy
sanitation ecosystems in districts around the world.
Water For People has developed a unique and effective
business model to dramatically improve safe sanitation in
developing countries. The donation and distribution of
600,000 SaTo toilet pans through our joint efforts will help
raise the standard of sanitation and quality of life for so
many people. We are grateful for their help in accomplishing
this mission,” concluded Gould.
For more information, visit
www.flushforgood.com, or call (800) 442-1902.
ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS
American Standard Brands make life healthier, safer and more
beautiful at home, at work, in the community and throughout
the world. Offering total project solutions for residential
and commercial customers around the world with respected
brands such as American Standard®, DXV™, Safety Tubs®, Crane
Plumbing®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels
International®. American Standard Brands is owned by Lixil
Corporation(TSE Code 5938), a global building products
company. Learn more at
www.americanstandard.com, or follow us at
SaTo™ is a trademark of American Standard Brands.
ABOUT WATER FOR PEOPLE
Water For People is an international development
organization dedicated to providing access to improved water
and sanitation systems and services in developing countries.
By working with local governments, the private sector, and
local non-profit partners, Water For People ensures that
everyone in a specific region has these basic needs met
forever. This innovative approach reaches every family,
every school, and every clinic, catalyzing transformative
change for better health and economic development. Learn
www.waterforpeople.org. Join us on Facebook (facebook.com/waterforpeople)
and Twitter (twitter.com/waterforpeople).
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