STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Dr. Peter Morgan of Zimbabwe received the Stockholm Water Prize for his life-long work to protect the health and lives of millions of people through improved water and sanitation technologies, according to a press release.  

H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden presented the prize to Dr. Morgan at a Royal Award Ceremony during the World Water Week held in Stockholm, Sweden.

An estimated 1.8 billion people live without access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation, noted the release.

Diseases caused by unsafe water and inadequate sanitation kill more than 5,000 people each day. Despite these staggering numbers, the area of sanitation rarely receives the attention it so desperately needs.

This year's laureate, Dr. Morgan, has spent the last four decades inventing and advancing low-cost practical solutions to provide access to safe sanitation and clean water that are being used by millions of people worldwide, stated the release.

"Many currently existing solutions to provide clean water and sanitation are unaffordable, impractical and out of reach for the world's poorest people," said the Stockholm Water Prize Committee in its citation. "As a result of Dr. Morgan's pioneering work, countless communities now enjoy safer water, a cleaner environment and quality of life."

Read the entire press release here.