Quincy Jones, Indian megaindustrialist R.N. Tata and Kevin McGovern (the founder of SoBe beverages) and others have formed an organization called The Water Initiative
to bring point-of-drinking water purification devices to emerging nations.
Various parts of the world -- Australia, Southern California, Beijing -- are facing severe water shortages, but it's particularly acute in rural India, Africa and Latin America. Not only do farmers not have enough water for their crops, many are sick from drinking infected water. Approximately half of the hospital beds in the world are filled with people inflicted with water-borne diseases.
The Water Initiative will seek to develop and then...