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Water Heroes Academy

Water Heroes Academy

Since Manchester City and Xylem joined forces in 2018, the innovative partnership has reached millions of people across the globe, creating awareness and engagement around global water issues and sustainability. This year, to push things even further, the partnership will be enabling and supporting a network of 100 Young Leaders to use football as a means of providing vital water education to 5,000 young people in five cities around the world.

The programme combines seed funding, educational tools, training and mentoring from Xylem, and Manchester City through their Cityzens Giving initiative. It will give participants everything they need to create their own unique water programmes.

Located in Mumbai, Sao Paulo, New York, Cape Town and Shanghai, the young leaders will identify a water challenge specific to their city and creatively use the power of football to educate young people on this issue. These youth projects will also provide essential education on water, sanitation and hygiene through specially adapted football games. Look out for more ‘Water Heroes Academy 'updates throughout the year.

Water Heroes Playbook

In partnership with Manchester City, we’ve created a playbook to tackle our toughest opponent yet: drought. Simple, everyday actions – along with actions from public officials and industry – are what’s needed to protect our future and the future of football. 

So let’s act now. Let’s all be water heroes.

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A toast to the raining champions!


What better way to educate football fans about urgent water challenges, and celebrate a phenomenal season for Manchester City than by toasting the club with a limited-edition beer brewed from rainwater collected from City’s stadium...

We’re excited to team up with Manchester City and Heineken Manchester to produce Raining Champions – a special beer made from purified rainwater collected from the Etihad roof. After the water was collected, it was purified with advanced, proven treatment technologies that produce safe clean drinking water to the highest standards. Then it was taken to the brewery to be brewed, bottled and crowned one of our Raining Champions.

With Manchester averaging about 152 rainy days per year, challenges like water scarcity may seem a world away but the reality is that these issues are closer than we think.

A staggering 3.6 billion people – almost half the global population – currently live in areas that are water-scarce at least one month per year and, by 2050, projections estimate that more than 5 billion people could suffer water shortages. Recycled water is one long-term, sustainable solution to water scarcity.

It’s Raining… It’s Pouring

To kick off the new season in style, we hosted a Raining Champions beer tasting event, where City legend Paul Dickov joined in the pre-match buzz, before the first home game of the new campaign against Spurs.

See the action from the day, and the story behind how our celebratory beer is collected, cleaned and crafted from Manchester’s abundant rainfall.

Shout Out to First Responders

Xylem in partnership with NYCFC and MCFC Women’s team are dedicated to supporting communities around the globe, making a difference together in the fight against COVID-19.


Join us in thanking all key workers hero’s for their dedication and bravery through this time.