2016 Sustainability Report

2016 Sustainability Report



Xylem Watermark got its start as a program focused on community development, and that legacy continues today. We work with six nonprofit partners who provide access to clean water, sanitation solutions, education and disaster relief in emerging regions of the world. These partnerships are an essential way we continue to solve water. Here is a summary of our programs and 2016 progress:

Planet Water Foundation

Constructs innovative aqua towers to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) education to schools and communities in Southeast Asia & Latin America.

  • 70 aqua towers constructed across 5 countries
  • 70,000+ beneficiaries

Fundación Avina

Builds water cisterns and water towers that provide access to clean water to schools and communities in Brazil’s semi-arid region and in Amazonian communities.

  • 1,000 cisterns constructed
  • 30,000 beneficiaries

EarthEcho International

Organizes the Water Monitoring Challenge™ to build awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world.

  • 1,000 water testing kits distributed and used in schools
  • 1,000+ beneficiaries


Protects clean water through disaster risk reduction and responding to water-related emergencies around the world.

  • 63,000+ beneficiaries (from earthquake and hurricane relief)

Water for People

Provides access to clean water and WASH education to schools and communities in West Bengal, India.

  • 85 infrastructure projects implemented
  • 34 WASH education programs administered across schools
  • 34,000+ beneficiaries

China Women’s

Supplies schools throughout China with improved sanitation and clean water sources.

  • 6 water projects implemented in schools across China
  • 2,700+ beneficiaries

Xylem provides funding, as well as Xylem experts and volunteers who help our partners implement their programs. We perform continuous evaluation of partners’ progress and impact. With all projects, we seek solutions that will benefit communities over the long term. Our work with Planet Water is a powerful illustration of this approach.

All Xylem Watermark partners have developed Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) curriculum, which is designed to teach healthy habits to children. WASH programs in schools significantly reduce hygiene-related disease, increase student attendance and learning achievement, and contribute to dignity and gender equality*.

In 2016, we sponsored Planet Water’s Project 24 initiative for the second consecutive year, helping our partner install 24 clean water filtration systems in 24 communities in 24 hours. Our volunteers also helped to provide WASH education in those communities. Since beginning our partnership in 2010 Xylem, WASH education initiatives, water tower builds, and school and community water projects in partnership with Planet Water have touched the lives of more than 250,000 people in Cambodia, China, Colombia, India, Philippines and Thailand. In recognition of these and Xylem’s long-term commitment to India, Xylem was honored with an award from the American India Foundation in 2016.

*UNICEF. (2010). Raising Clean Hands: Advancing Learning, Health and Participation through WASH in Schools

Xylem Watermark:
because every drop counts

Local New Jersey students get a hands-on lesson in water conservation with the World Water Monitoring Challenge’s water field testing kit at Washington Lake.