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LANXESS Employee Dedicates Time and Resources to Haiti Water Treatment Solutions

Jeff Ritter aids his son and Deep Springs International in helping areas devastated by the earthquake

In the aftermath of the earthquake
in Haiti, LANXESS Corporation, a leading specialty chemicals company with North American headquarters in Pittsburgh, has allowed Pittsburgh employee, Jeff Ritter, to devote his time and procurement expertise to heading up coordination efforts with Deep Springs International (DSI), a Grove City, PA-based non-profit organization that helps Haitians obtain safe drinking water. Jeff is leading this effort because his son, Michael, was working for DSI in the village of Baudin, Haiti when the earthquake hit.


Jeff, who works in the Technical and Services Procurement department at LANXESS, is serving full-time as the primary liaison/communicator with suppliers and DSI to help coordinate clean water efforts in the disaster response. LANXESS donated approximately $200,000 to help fund DSI’s project that will provide 20,000 household water purification systems for the relief effort. LANXESS also assisted DSI in procuring more than four million chemical water treatment tablets needed to provide Haitian families with safe water. LANXESS funded the procurement of the tablets and other supplies that will produce 20 million gallons of safe water for the relief effort.


“After the earthquake hit and I knew my son Michael was okay,
I approached my boss about devoting some time to assisting my son’s emergency response effort,” said Jeff Ritter. “LANXESS was already looking to help earthquake relief efforts, so my relationship with DSI
made for the perfect fit, and the company could not be more supportive.”


Deep Springs International’s clean water program provides a sustainable solution to the water crisis in Haiti by providing simple water treatment systems so that even the poorest families can treat their own water. 
The systems use modified buckets and liquid chlorine solution, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In response
to the earthquake, DSI has employed the use of solid chlorine tablets compatible with the DSI systems for water treatment. In emergency situations, the tablets are the most immediate solution and will fill the
gap in the short term until the liquid can be produced and distributed.

Jeff Ritter has previous emergency response procurement experience because of two hurricanes that hit LANXESS plants in the past few years. “Any type of natural disaster response situation is a totally different mode
of action than a typical day-to-day job,” Ritter explained. “The priorities
shift and speed becomes the most important priority.” 


LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 8.8 billion in 2011 and currently around 16,800 employees in 30 countries. The company is at present represented at 49 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainable indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and FTSE4Good.

Leverkusen,      2012

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