Xylem has announced it will expand its support for the ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria. The company has pledged financial support, including matching employee contributions, as well as a new effort to bring clean water to several of the hardest hit areas of the island.
“It is deeply troubling to see communities remain in such dire straits several weeks after this hurricane,” said Patrick Decker, President and CEO of Xylem. “The ravaged infrastructure has significantly slowed progress in the recovery efforts. We remain committed to continuing to help these communities’ meet their immediate needs and provide expertise and guidance in their rebuilding efforts.”
As part of its relief efforts, Xylem will provide a substantial contribution to Mercy Corps to deliver humanitarian assistance and start rebuilding the communities ravaged by the hurricane. In addition, the company is working with Planet Water Foundation to fund the construction of 10 aqua towers in remote areas of Puerto Rico. Each aqua tower provides up to 10,000 liters of clean water on a daily basis. A number of Xylem employees will volunteer to help in the construction of those towers.