Underwriters Laboratories Advances Chicago’s Knowledge of Drinking Water Safety and Conservation

June 16, 2009

Company Sponsors The Field Museum’s Water Exhibition

CHICAGO, June 16 /PRNewswire/ – Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a world leader in product safety testing services, today announced its sponsorship of Water, an exhibition at The Field Museum that focuses on how people use water and the future of clean water supplies. The exhibition opens on Wednesday, June 17, and runs through Sunday, September 20.

“UL’s Global Water business provides safety testing and certification programs focused on drinking water and the products and systems that deliver it,” said Jeffrey Smith, General Manager, UL Global Water Business. “This partnership with The Field Museum raises awareness for safe drinking water globally while educating consumers on various water quality and quantity issues and the role UL plays in each of these important areas.”

The Water exhibition aims to teach visitors about the importance of Earth’s most vital and fleeting resource, according to The Field Museum. Visitors will examine how living things adapt to extremes of wet and dry environments, and learn how human behavior alters precious aquatic ecosystems. People will be inspired by conservation efforts from around the world and discover what their families can do to protect and conserve our planet’s water. Through hands-on activities, immersive dioramas and artifacts, Water presents life’s essential element uniting us, surrounding us, and challenging us.

UL understands how children are more vulnerable than any other age group to the health effects of unclean water. UL has developed a number of educational efforts focused on teaching children about water quality. Earlier this year, UL released Wild About Safety(R) Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart(R) Goes Green!, a classroom edition DVD developed through a partnership between UL and various units of The Walt Disney Company. Safety Smart Goes Green! teaches children what they can do to help our environment – our air, our water and our world.

“We all need to do our part to protect the global water supply,” said Smith. “While UL is continually working to enhance and expand its drinking water testing capabilities and educational outreach, families can contribute by conserving water use at home and buying water delivery products that are tested for safety.”

UL is a global leader in drinking water quality and safety. The company has analyzed more than 2 million drinking water samples for thousands of public and private entities, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). UL tests water for more than 7,000 municipalities and is certified in 48 states and Puerto Rico. The company also is an approved certifier of water products that meet the criteria of the EPA’s WaterSense(SM) program, which identifies and promotes the use of water-efficient products.

For more information on UL’s water programs and services, visit the water industry section on www.ul.com.

For more information about Water (June 17-September 20) visit fieldmuseum.org or call 866.FIELD.03.

About Underwriters Laboratories

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for over a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers’ products each year. UL’s worldwide family of companies and network of service providers includes 64 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 98 countries. For more information, visit: http://www.UL.com/newsroom.

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