Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Xylem is a founding sponsor of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. The competition brings together students from 35 countries as they promote interest and initiatives to solve water and sustainability issues. Xylem has been the Global Sponsor of the prize since 1997.
Watch Patrick Decker in Stockholm [YouTube]
Watermark, Goulds Water Technology, Austin Pump and Supply, HM Schwope & Sons and other companies partnered to bring clean, safe water to a family in a home for 24 years without a well. “Water is freedom. Freedom and independence and riches. This brings riches to us. We now own a well,” said homeowner Nancy Salazar. Xylem team member Susan O’Grady expressed a similar sentiment. “We did what we set out to do. We solved water.”
Disaster Response in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
As part of a global disaster response program in 2019, Xylem Watermark provided humanitarian aid to 11 affected areas. One area of focus was Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh. The project is one example of Xylem Watermark working with partners to make an impact. Teaming with Mercy Corps (a Xylem Watermark partner since 2008) and Terre Des Hommes Foundation, the three organizations worked together to meet urgent water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs of refugees.
Since August 2017, Bangladesh has seen an unprecedented influx of refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Among the nearly one million refugees have settled in overcrowded camps and settlements, 55% are children under the age of 18 and 52% of adults are women. With funding, water supply repairs and hygiene education, urgent short-term and long-term water and sanitation improvements were provided to more than 20,000 people with improved water and hygiene access. Overall, volunteers conducted 363 educational sessions on hygiene practices to 2,178 participants and 344 sessions on water safety to 2,066. Xylem believes the vastness of the Rohingya refugee crisis, currently the largest refugee camp in the world, warranted this initiative to preserve health, promote dignity and save lives.
Tamarindo, Costa Rica
With a collaboration between Xylem Watermark, Costa Rica Makes Me Happy (CRMMH) and Planet Water, the organizations worked together to build a home and install a water systems in November 2019.
As plastics and waste management lead to polluted waterways and overflowing landfills in the region, CRMMH is on a mission to provide education about recycling and reuse. CRMMH also builds sustainable houses, called Green Homes, in impoverished communities by creating Ecoblocks (recycled material collected by volunteers during monthly beach cleanups). By utilizing a patented process, non-recyclable plastics of all kinds are repurposed into cement sand and used to create industry-standard concrete building blocks.
During the week-long project, the team installed the Planet Water AquaHome filtration solution with Xylem’s Flojet electric pumps. The system then yield up to 120 liters of clean drinking water per hour. Xylem has utilized the technology in other parts of the world including India and Cambodia.