Local Company Says Wal-Mart Win Will Save Lives - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Local Company Says Wal-Mart Win Will Save Lives

A Philadelphia company has won valuable space on Wal-Mart's shelves and it says it's a life-saving win.

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    HumanKind Water beat out more than 4,000 inventors, entrepreneurs and small businesses from across the country. As NBC10's Dawn Timmeney reports, HumanKind Water gives 100 percent of its net profits towards clean drinking water for underdeveloped communities. (Published Thursday, May 3, 2012)

    A local company beat out more than 4,000 inventors, entrepreneurs and small businesses and won Wal-Mart's "Get on the Shelf" contest. The founder of Philadelphia-based HumanKind Water told NBC10 the win will save lives.

    HumanKind Water gives 100 percent of its net profits towards clean drinking water for underdeveloped communites across the world.

    NBC10's Dawn Timmeney talked to the company's president, TJ Foltz, in April  after the company entered the contest.

    Foltz, who works out of his home office in Overbrook, said he was outraged after traveling the world and seeing people drink unsafe water, and he came up with the idea for HumanKind Water.

    "We give one hundred percent of the net profits to fund wells and flitration systems in parts of the world where children are dying from lack of clean water," said Foltz.

    Foltz said he entered the "Get on the Shelf" contest to shed light on the crisis and save more lives. He told NBC10 winning would be everything.

    "We've done the math and we figured out what winning would be worth and we think its Gonna be enough wells and filters to save somewhere between 10-15 thousand lives," said Foltz.

    His wish came true on Thursday when Wal-Mart announced HumanKind Water is the grand prize winner.

    HumanKind water will now get valuable shelf space at Walmart.com and in select Wal-Mart stores.