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“What water means to us” – Xylem’s shared mission to solve water

WATER

On World Water Day 2021, Xylem celebrates the value of water and the amazing water operators and other users of water whom we partner with every day to protect and optimize this precious resource for communities around the world. Xylem is marking this day through a series of activities, including the announcement of Water Heroes Academy, a new initiative between Xylem and City Football Group’s global foundation program, Cityzens Giving, to empower Young Leaders to deliver innovative projects that leverage football to provide vital water education in five cities around the world. Additionally, we are launching Xylem Watermark’s 5th Annual company-wide Make Your Mark 30-Day Challenge, a month-long initiative for employee and stakeholder volunteers to come together to participate safely in community events, virtually and through fundraisers, to raise awareness about water-related issues. We are also taking time to honour this year’s theme of Valuing Water: What does water mean to you? Below are reflections from Xylem colleagues on this all-important question – and on our shared purpose and passion to solve water and help create a more sustainable world. On behalf of Xylem Making Waves, we wish you a happy World Water Day! Anna Hildell, Managing Editor, Xylem Making Waves

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What does water mean to you? Patrick Decker, President and CEO, Xylem: “I grew up in Newburgh, Indiana, during the time when the Cuyahoga River in Ohio, the next state over, became so damaged from industrial pollution that it caught on fire. It became front page news and was a major factor in starting the environmental movement in the U.S. In Indiana, I witnessed the same terrible impact of pollution on the Ohio River and my hometown, located right on its bank. I still carry those images in my mind. Seven years ago this month, I joined Xylem as CEO, and it’s my great honor to lead a company of 16,000 colleagues around the globe dedicated to working with our customers to solve water for their communities. To me, water is about looking beyond challenges and seeing extraordinary possibilities. We all need this precious resource to survive. Water is also a catalyst for economic and social progress, and the key to a healthier, safer and more sustainable and equitable world. For those of us who have the privilege to work in water, it’s also a calling. To all the heroic water operators around the world protecting and serving their communities, and

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