Water is the source of life, but it can also endanger it.
Xylem’s mission is to help solve the world’s intensifying water challenges—including helping those lacking clean water because of flooding or some other calamity.
In 2019, Xylem formalized its disaster relief efforts by launching its Global Humanitarian Disaster Response (DR) platform, in coordination with its corporate social responsibility program, Watermark.
The Disaster Response Team helped those affected by 11 disasters, working with 24 strategic partners to provide access to clean water. Responses include:
- Mozambique and Zimbabwe: Flooding displaced thousands after Cyclone Idai struck in March 2019. Xylem’s South Africa team deployed dewatering equipment and clean drinking water (AquaBlocks) to assist with rescues and cleanup, as well as a sanitary water station at a rural medical clinic that serves up to 9,500 people daily.
- India: After severe flooding, the team installed AquaBlock and AquaHome units at schools, villages and relief camps, helping more than 5,000 people.
- North America: In partnership with the Red Cross, Xylem raised funds and sent experts for relief efforts across the continent in the wake of tornadoes in Ohio, Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, flooding in the Midwest, and flooding in Montreal.
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