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World Record Ocean Rower Katie Spotz to Visit Kenya
Helping Build Safe Water Systems and Meeting Beneficiaries of Fundraising Efforts
NEWBURY, Ohio, October 18, 2011 — Next month, Katie Spotz, who set a world record in March 2010 as the
youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 70 days, will embark on another adventure...to Kenya.
Named one of Glamour magazine's Women of the Year in 2010, Spotz raised over $150,000 and increased global
awareness of the lack of clean drinking water for millions during her 3,038-mile Atlantic Ocean row and a team
bicycle race across America in June 2011. On her journey to Kisii, Kenya, she'll see firsthand how funds she raised
are helping to provide safe drinking water to 5,000 individuals and families in that rural community.
Contributions that last a lifetime
During the month-long trip, the Mentor, Ohio native will spend time with Aqua Clara International (ACI), a nonprofit
organization that provides the technology and training to help provide safe, affordable drinking water for
families and individuals who subsist on less than $2 per day.
Spotz will participate in constructing Aqua Clara's first community-sized water treatment system alongside local
people and ACI staff. During her visit she will also assist in building a rainwater tank for a local school.
The Kenya trip will also include visiting households that have purchased locally constructed water filters. In addition
to providing access to safe drinking water, Spotz will see how rain water harvesting, school based water and hygiene
clubs and innovative ecological sanitation solutions are making a difference to the health of school children and
communities in Kenya.
"I want to see for myself, and ultimately, be able to share with contributors, how the donations are making a
difference in people's lives," Spotz said. "For every $30 donated, there's someone who will be able to enjoy safe
drinking water for life. That's a pretty amazing return on investment."
Students participate in water education activities
During her visit, Spotz will see local students participate in Aqua Clara Water and Hygiene Club activities. Students
from local schools will participate in competitions and put on short dramas, sing songs and receive prizes to promote
topics such as hand washing and water treatment. These simple messages can make a huge improvement in the
health of surrounding communities. To learn more about the work of Aqua Clara visit www.aquaclara.org.
Today, Spotz works in marketing for Kinetico Incorporated, a world leader in water treatment and a sponsor of her
row and bike race. She spends much of her time communicating about the importance of clean water. Her Kenya
trip is co-sponsored by Kinetico and Aqua Clara International.
Headquartered in Newbury, Ohio, U.S.A., Kinetico is a leading manufacturer of water treatment systems. An extensive network of Kinetico dealers serving residential and commercial customers has helped more than a million people in nearly 100 countries experience the benefits of better water. Since 1970, Kinetico has prided itself on creating state-of-the-art water treatment systems that serve customers in an expanding variety of applications. The company also has offices and facilities in the United Kingdom, Canada, France and Denmark. Further information is available at www.kinetico.com.