New Infographic Shows How Mercy Corps and Xylem Watermark Protect Water in Vulnerable Communities
PORTLAND, Ore., March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The world is facing unprecedented water challenges brought on by population growth, urbanization and shrinking fresh water supplies, and three in four people worldwide are at risk of facing a natural disaster – further exacerbating the crisis. As a leader in water transport and wastewater treatment solutions, Xylem Inc. is committed to addressing this critical need.
This infographic was developed as part of Xylem Watermark, the company’s corporate citizenship and social investment program, along with nonprofit partner Mercy Corps. Capturing the devastating effects of water-related disasters, this image – taken in Jakarta, Indonesia after massive floods – also represents the untapped power of disaster risk reduction, a newer approach to solving the global water crisis by proactively securing water resources from natural disasters before they happen. According to estimates, every dollar spent on disaster preparedness can save four in disaster relief.
Xylem Watermark works year-round to provide and protect safe water resources for communities around the world, and is supporting water-related disaster risk reduction projects with Mercy Corps that are expected to help more than 450,000 people in Indonesia, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Nepal and Tajikistan.
This World Water Day, Xylem is shining a light on this global need for clean water and asking people everywhere to help solve the problem. For each share of the infographic on Facebook, Xylem will donate $1 to partners Water For People and Mercy Corps (up to $10,000, March 19-30, 2012). Visit www.xylemwatermark.com/disaster to participate.
SOURCE Mercy Corps; Xylem Inc.