The Crawford family – a beneficiary of Hometown H2O
Although efforts to provide safe water resources are largely focused on developing countries, the reality is that 1.5 million people in the United States living in low-income, rural and tribal communities do not have access to affordable, safe water.
High-quality drinking water often alludes residents in these remote areas, where hooking into the municipal water supply can be difficult and cost-prohibitive. With the help of the Water Supply Costs Savings Act signed into law in 2016, nonprofit efforts like Xylem Watermark and Hometown H2O are increasing the use of cost-effective alternatives such as water well systems.
In February 2020, Xylem embarked on its first joint project with Hometown H2O, part of The Chris Long Foundation’s Waterboys initiative, to help a family of six in Suffolk, Virginia, who were displaced from their home after their water well failed.