How Do P&G Water Purification Packets Work?

How Do P&G Water Purification Packets Work?

Learn how P&G water purification technology works to provide clean drinking water for millions.

Many families and children around the world gather their drinking water from rivers, lakes and ponds. Unfortunately, this water is often contaminated with disease-causing microorganisms. P&G water purification packets provide a safe, effective way to kill bacteria and viruses and separate dirt and other contaminants — and just one packet purifies 10 liters of water.


Invented by P&G laundry scientists and developed in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, P&G water purification packets have transformed lives across the globe with the power of clean water. They work in three ways: coagulation, flocculation and disinfection.

Step 1: Pour

The contents of one P&G water purification packet are poured into a bucket with 10 liters of water.

Step 2: Stir

The water is stirred to distribute the contents of the water purification packet. After stirring, the dirt begins to form clumps.

Step 3: Settle

Eventually the dirt settles at the bottom of the bucket.

Step 4: Filter

The water needs to be filtered through a cloth before drinking.

P&G water purification packets transform the lives of families all over the world. Learn how you can help provide clean drinking water to those in need by just uploading a receipt.

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