Industry Experts Join GE For Panel Discussion on Worlds Growing Water Crisis

World Water Day Panel Explores How Technology, Sustainable Design, Policy, Partnerships & Future Can Make A Difference

TREVOSE, Pa.--()--On World Water Day, GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), held an open panel discussion at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York to discuss and explore key issues, challenges, and solutions critical in addressing the worlds growing water scarcity crisis. The panel, comprised of experts from the architecture, financial, sustainable design, and water treatment sectors, challenged the students to be aware of the mounting water worries facing the world and to use their unique talents to make a difference in solving water scarcity, quality and cost issues.

Water scarcity is a global challenge that requires awareness and action from all stakeholders, said Jeff Fulgham, GE Water & Process Technologies. Governments, industry, NGOs, policy and decision makers, will all be instrumental in shaping and implementing the solutions that can help alleviate the impact water scarcity can have on societies and economies. Todays panel provided a chance to educate and increase awareness about the realities of where we are currently headed and to discuss areas where we can come together to make a real difference.

The 2007 UN World Water Day focuses on the increasing global significance of the worlds water scarcity crisis and the need for increased integration and cooperation to ensure sustainable, efficient and equitable management of scarce water resources at the international and local level. According to the UN, today one out of five people (1.1 billion) lack sufficient access to healthy, usable water and 6,000 people die each day from water related diseases. Over the next 20 years that number is expected to rapidly grow to an estimated 3 out of 5 individuals living without access to a freshwater source.

As part of GEs World Water Day efforts, GE Water & Process Technologies commissioned Lena Imamura, a Cooper Union art student, to create a sculpture that reflects the global water scarcity crisis. GE commissioned the sculpture to serve as a reminder of the many challenges facing the current state of the worlds water sources and to drive awareness around the need for further involvement by all. The sculpture will be on exhibit throughout the year at The Cooper Union Art Gallery in New York City.

GE has also created a special web site for World Water Day, showcasing GEs global projects that use advanced technologies to lessen demand on fresh water sources, protect public health, and preserve the environment. The web site highlights a project in each time zone, providing a 24-hour perspective of the many technologies and applications that GE offers to solve the worlds most pressing water challenges. http://www.gewater.com/WorldWaterDay/index.jsp.

For more information on GE Water & Process Technologies, please visit www.gewater.com.

ABOUT GE WATER & PROCESS TECHNOLOGIES

GE Water & Process Technologies, a unit of General Electric Company, is solving some of the worlds most pressing water challenges by providing industrial, agricultural and potable water, while lessening our dependence on fresh water sources. Technologies to accomplish this include desalination, advanced membrane, separation solutions, and water reuse and wastewater management and process technologies. GE delivers value to customers by improving performance and product quality, reducing operating costs and extending equipment life. For more information on GE Water & Process Technologies, visit www.gewater.com.

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Contacts

GE Water & Process Technologies
Media Contacts:
Ellen Mellody
Global Media Relations Manager
Office: +1 215-942-3307
Cell: +1 215-989-3025
ellen.mellody@ge.com
or
Industry & Trade Publications
Tony Kobilnyk, +1 905-465-3030 ext. 3381
anthony.kobilnyk@ge.com