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FORMER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF SPRINT LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN FOR SAFE WATER

 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Unhealthy water is the latest business battlefield for C. Gus Grant, chief executive officer of Water Chef Inc., as he announces his campaign to convince the private sector water industry and the federal government of the need for an alternative water supply for every American living in any city where the tap water is unhealthy.
 The latest environmental studies confirm that 120 million Americans are exposed to danger by using tap water. While some Americans can afford bottled water, home and office water delivery, there are millions of Americans who cannot afford the alternatives and are being exposed to dangerous chemicals in the tap water. "There is no time to fix the blame, we have to fix the problem," Grant said.
 One of the nation's most respected business executives and engineers, Grant was the founding president/chief executive officer of Sprint and president of the now billion-dollar Picker Co. Grant is determined to deal with the crisis caused by volatile and toxic substances evident in many of our municipal water systems.
 Water Chef Inc., based in Scottsdale, has manufacturing facilities in Montana where a substantial amount of production is contracted to the Native American tribes in the area. The firm's state-of-the-art water coolers and purifiers offer alternatives to the poor quality tap water found throughout the country, as well as internationally.
 Grant's proposal is that the federal government authorize a tax credit so that Water chef and other companies can donate cooler units or other alternative systems to anyone living in a city where the tap water quality has fallen below safety levels.
 Since the whole theme of President Clinton's health reform plan emphasizes disease prevention, Grant plans to meet with Congressional leaders during the next few weeks and has already written President Clinton asking for support. Well known on Capitol Hill, Grant was a key participant in the debate over the break-up of AT&T, while he was president of Sprint.
 "Under this plan, there will be an incentive for the private sector to provide all Americans with alternatives to unhealthy water. The federal government would pay nothing. The private companies would take the initiative and I intend to ask my colleagues to join me in setting up a program providing low cost alternatives for all Americans in those cities where the situation is most serious. No man, woman or child in this country should have to drink unhealthy tap water," Grant said.
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