DOWNERS GROVE, ILL. — Grundfos has partnered with Water Missions International, a non-profit engineering organization, to provide communities in the developing world with sustainable safe water solutions such as Grundfos LIFELINK and SQFlex technologies.
“Grundfos" partnership with Water Missions International has allowed us to connect incredible technology with incredible need,” said Terry Teach, director of Business Development for Grundfos North America. “Our expertise in the water industry gives all of us at Grundfos a unique opportunity to help those who go through so much to obtain their daily water.”
Grundfos facilities in Chicago, Kansas City and Toronto each hosted Walk for Water events in September and October to raise awareness of the global water crisis, as well as the funds needed to fight it.
Grundfos employees and partners at each of the three facilities joined with members of their local communities to raise nearly $60,000. They received countless personal donations, as well as corporate sponsorships from AES, Aurora Metals Division, LLC, Austin Nichols, Fox Valley Sandblasting and Powder Coating, the Kansas City Royals, the Leadership Forum, LMC Truck, Mid-America Pump, Morgan Hunter, Pump and Power Equipment, and T&L Manufacturing Corporation.
The Walk for Water is a non-competitive, educational event that mimics the trek of those who walk almost four miles per day to provide their families with what is often contaminated water. Halfway through the 3.5-mile walk, participants filled three-gallon buckets with water, simulating the true burden of life in a developing nation.
The proceeds from the walks will allow for the creation of three safe water systems in Dei, Uganda, a fishing village whose 10,000 residents suffer from contaminated water and numerous cholera outbreaks.
“Grundfos’ support of Water Missions International truly shows that its values are more than words on a page,” said Lauren Jernigan, regional coordinator for Water Missions International.
Grundfos North America hopes to expand the Walk for Water to more of its facilities in 2014.