Xylem Watermark & Project 24: San Isidro, Puerto Rico
Xylem Watermark sponsored 5 projects as part of Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24 this year, an ambitious undertaking on World Water Day to build 24 clean water filtration systems (AquaTowers) in 24 communities in just 24 hours. These Watermark-sponsored projects reached a total of 5,000 people across communities in India, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines and Puerto Rico, including the nearly 1,000 children who attend the participating schools. Twenty-four Xylem volunteers assisted in the construction of the community-based water systems in India, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. These AquaTowers will bring clean water to the world's most disadvantaged communities.
San Isidro is one of the most populated barrios in Puerto Rico. However, the river valley location elevates the risks of flooding from the river and rainwater. A lack of drainage systems and limited sewage and water infrastructure create dangerous conditions when flooding occurs.
Last year, the community's lack of access to safe drinking water was made worse by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The water was turbid, and water treatment systems were not functioning. Water at the school is used for bathing and cleaning, but there is no confidence that it is safe for consumption.
Planet Water Foundation’s AquaTower system, supported by Xylem Watermark, will provide a vital resource to this resilient community to support their water needs as their rebuilding process continues.
“As a teacher and member of the community, I worry about the drinking water quality. When it goes out and then returns it is turbid and has a bad smell, so for that reason we buy bottled water. The tower will be beneficial for the community and students.” - Carmen River, Teacher
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About Xylem Watermark
Xylem Watermark, Xylem’s corporate citizenship program, provides and protects safe water resources for many of the world’s most vulnerable communities and educates individuals around the globe about water issues. This social commitment reflects Xylem’s ethos of valuing the “triple bottom-line:” financial, environmental and social. The company firmly believes in the notion of doing well by doing good, and dedicates resources to initiatives that demonstrate its commitment.
Xylem Watermark was founded in 2008 and, with its six nonprofit partners, has provided clean water and sanitation solutions to over three million people in 38 countries. Xylem launched its first Global Month of Service in October 2016 to provide a focused time to inspire employees to get involved and bring the mission of Xylem Watermark to their communities. In 2017, Xylem Watermark launched the Make Your Mark 30 Day Challenge to engage employees in solving global and local water issues in ways about which they are passionate.
To learn more about Xylem Watermark, please visit http://www.xylemwatermark.com.