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ETX student starts company to 'Replenish' world's clean water supply


Most of us are lucky enough to have clean water available to us at the touch of a button, or turn of the faucet.

It's one of those things that we as Americans take for granted, but one East Texas college student wants us to think about it just a little more.

TJC student Brian Lamb says he received something of a vision last summer to do something for people in the world who don't have the option to drink clean water -- and that's how his company Replenish was born.

But Brian says his goal is bigger than just providing clean water for the people in developing nations all over the world.

"I want to create community awareness, not only in East Texas but hopefully in the United States at some point, because we have the privilege of clean water everywhere we look," he says.

Brian was inspired to model Replenish after the company TOMS, which donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair that someone buys -- the one for one model. Brian starts by donating one water purification tablet for every bottle of water he sells.

"For every tablet, like I said, it purifies an entire liter of water," says Brian. "And if we sell a case, we donate this part of the LifeStraw family, and this is called a personal life straw, and that provides an individual for an entire year of clean water. And then if we sell 3 cases to a person, then we donate a LifeStraw family, and that actually provides an entire family of four for three whole years of clean water."

Brian went as far as to test the LifeStraw himself before he ever pledged to donate one.

"Like after drinking it, the water didn't only taste ok, it actually tasted good. That's the thing about it, it's not just like, oh, you can drink the water, you can put up with it. It's not as bad as drinking muddy water or anything like that. But it actually tastes good. That's the thing that I like about it so much," says Brian.

Brian sees Replenish as more than a company he plans to keep running for awhile -- it's his opportunity to spread the word of God and physically save lives at the same time.

"I mean, being able to donate these, I'm helping families out, individuals, it's the best job in the world. It's a win-win-win situation," he says.

Brian is working with the organizations Mercy Ships and Living Water International right now, and he plans to make Replenish's first donation in two weeks.

He's currently donating 232 water tablets and 20 LifeStraws -- he'd like to donate 250 tablets and 25 straws, so he's almost there.

If you'd like to buy water or other products, like t-shirts or bracelets, to help him out, you can visit his website.

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