Xylem commemorates World Water Day through global water cooperation

  Xylem commemorates World Water Day through global water cooperation

       Protecting the world’s water requires partnerships on all fronts

Business Wire

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- March 22, 2013

Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company addressing
the world’s most challenging water issues, is commemorating World Water Day
and the United Nations’ International Year of Water Cooperation by enhancing
global partnerships to provide and protect safe water resources in communities
around the world.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 3.4 million people die
each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all of
these deaths, 99 percent, occur in developing nations. Xylem, through its
corporate citizenship and social investment program, Xylem Watermark^SM, works
with leading nonprofit organizations to provide meaningful, sustainable
solutions to these global challenges.

“While water is at the center of our business, it is also one of the most
urgent challenges facing the world today,” said Angela Buonocore, Xylem’s
senior vice president and chief communications officer. “World Water Day,
specifically this year’s theme of cooperation, presents an ideal opportunity
to highlight Xylem Watermark’s ongoing focus on creating social value in
collaboration with our valued partners as we work to bring safe water,
sanitation and hygiene education to communities in need.”

Beginning next week, Xylem Watermark and Fundación Avina, which aims to
improve and increase access to water in Latin America, will initiate the first
in a series of projects in Brazil’s Semiarid, the country’s northeast region,
which is particularly vulnerable to water scarcity. Teams from Avina, in
conjunction with their partner, ASA (Articulation on the Semiarid), which has
been working in this region since 1999, will build water cisterns and provide
water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) education to community members. Xylem
employee volunteers from the company’s São Paulo location will also join Avina
in the field.

In the Philippines, Xylem Watermark and Planet Water, an international
development organization focused on bringing clean water to the world’s most
disadvantaged communities, are supporting sustainable water access through
innovative technology and a hands-on educational curriculum. In 2013, the
partners plan to complete 20 projects, building gravity-fed water towers that
will provide daily clean water for 20,000 people. In Xylem’s Calamba location,
located outside Manila, 19 employee volunteers have joined Planet Water in the
field, assisting with construction and providing WASH education to local

Through five strategic partnerships in more than 20 countries across five
continents, Xylem Watermark has strengthened the resilience of communities by
providing safe water and sanitation solutions to more than 2 million people in
the five years since the program was launched. In support of Xylem’s mission
to solve water, Watermark has responded to more than 15 water-related
disasters with clean water and new water infrastructure. Xylem Watermark
solutions are sustainable and collaborative, combining community-based efforts
with regular monitoring to ensure projects meet local water needs for years to

About Xylem

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology provider, enabling customers
to transport, treat, test and efficiently use water in public utility,
residential and commercial building services, industrial and agricultural
settings. The company does business in more than 150 countries through a
number of market-leading product brands, and its people bring broad
applications expertise with a strong focus on finding local solutions to the
world’s most challenging water and wastewater problems. Xylem is headquartered
in White Plains, N.Y., with 2012 revenues of $3.8 billion and approximately
12,700 employees worldwide.

The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that
transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our
water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all
– that which occurs in nature. For more information please visit us at


Xylem Inc.
Jennifer Jacob, +1-914-323-5745
Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.