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James Kennedy has served as a panelist at World Water Forum conferences in Mexico, France and Turkey and works closely with WorldWater & Solar Technologies of Princeton, NJ, a leader in providing alternative energy, clean water and irrigation solutions to a wide variety of customers.

As a member and two-term chair of the Union County Utilities Authority since 1990, Kennedy has a deep knowledge of the issues of utility privatization. He also knows the hands-on side: what it takes to deliver the precious resource of water to those who need it most.

Following the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, Kennedy facilitated the purchase and donation of a Mobile MaxPure® water purifier machine for the city of Bon Repos, 10 miles north of the country’s capital of Port-au-Prince.

The simple but revolutionary machines have solar panels that can produce energy even on cloudy days, obviating the need for gas or electricity, typically scarce or non-existent after a natural disaster of magnitude.

The accumulated energy allows Mobile MaxPure® to clean 30,000 gallons of water every 24 hours by filtering it and bathing it in ultraviolet radiation.

That’s the equivalent of a 747 jet plane arriving on site each day fully loaded with crates of bottled water.

After arranging for Rahway City Council and United Water to buy and donate the Mobile MaxPure® device, Kennedy accompanied the U.N. travel group to Haiti and personally aided in the installation.

"I had seen the television report of a small child coming out of the rubble after 12 days," Kennedy says, "He survived only because he had a small amount of water with him. Without water, you have nothing."

The data is frighteningly clear: in two decades, 40% of the world's population will not have any clean water to drink at all.

If James Kennedy and visionaries like WorldWater & Solar Technologies have any say, that stark future will not come to pass.