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Article Date: 10th August 2018

Xylem Makes it Mark with Water Initiatives Across the UK & Ireland

Water Initiatives - Three Peaks Challenge - The Kelpies Scotland

Xylem - The Kelpies

Xylem teams across the UK & Ireland are celebrating a successful few months of awareness and fundraising activity as part of Xylem’s corporate citizenship and social investment program, Watermark.

Activities ranged from taking part in the gruelling 24-mile Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, to community enhancement projects in Axminster, Farnborough, Basingstoke and Scotland. Many employees have been getting involved in the initiative, raising awareness of water-related issues around the world.

Kieran Gagg, Watermark Ambassador for UK & Ireland, said: “Our team across the UK & Ireland is doing an amazing job this year. It is truly uplifting to see so many people getting behind such a good cause, while also making a difference in their own communities.”

In Scotland, a 12-strong team of volunteers cleaned the area surrounding The Kelpies - two impressive metal structures weighing in at 300 tonnes. The Kelpies, which are based at The Helix, an eco-park that stretches between Falkirk and Grangemouth, are the world’s largest equine structures. Described as “a symbol of modern Scotland” by their creator, sculptor Andy Scott, they celebrate the working horses that were the first source of locomotion for barges along the Forth & Clyde canal.

Other UK&I initiatives have included the construction of a roadway at Ash Lock on the Basingstoke Canal, and lock painting and canal clean-up on the Banbury Canal.

“Each of these initiatives celebrates the impact of clean, functioning waterways on our prosperity and growth,” says Kieran. “Whether it comes from the Ribble River in the Yorkshire Dales, or the Forth & Clyde canal: water is, and always will be, one of our most precious natural resources.”

Xylem Makes it Mark with Water InitiativesWatermark was launched by Xylem to provide safe water and education to communities around the world. It undertakes projects and charitable initiatives each year to raise money for, and awareness of, a range of water-based issues.

“Safe access to water and basic sanitary facilities remains out of reach for millions of people,” says Kieran. “In the 21st Century, you’re more likely to have a smartphone in your pocket, than you are to have access to a clean, functioning toilet.

“Challenges such as urbanisation and global conflict will only exacerbate the problem, which is why initiatives such as Watermark are all the more important. We don’t just work with charities and non-profit partners to provide access to clean drinking water; we also monitor our installations to ensure that this access remains in place after the volunteers have gone. The difference this can make to the health, prosperity and equality of a community and its residents should never be underestimated.”

To learn more about Watermark, or to get involved, please visit http://xylemwatermark.com/

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