Save Water | Give Life team drills water well for 180 Guatemalan school children
The first well funded as part of the Save Water | Give Life program of Weathermatic has been successfully completed at Escuela Monte Rico, Guatemala. Children from the school studied nearby as the drilling team helped make the new water well a reality. Community member and teacher, Marlene Castillo stated, “We are very happy that we now have a pure drinking water for all our students and they will be healthy and not sick anymore.”
Weathermatic CEO Mike Mason and Brodie Bruner, VP Business Development, were joined by several customers who helped make the well possible. The team was hosted by Living Water International, a Save Water | Give Life partner. The drilling program took four days to complete. The team also provided hygiene education to members of the community to teach key life skills for using the clean water.
Weathermatic launched the Save Water | Give Life program in 2012 as Mason and other company leaders began to consider how to share the savings the company was generating from landscape irrigation sustainability services. According to Mason, “the average half-acre commercial property in the US wastes nearly 380,000 gallons of water per year by landscape overwatering, which is enough to supply two hundred families in a developing country with the water they need for a year. We realized we couldn’t ship the clean water that we save to these communities, but we could share the benefit by giving generously and going there to help.”
Weathermatic’s smart, water-saving products, such as its SmartLine controllers and SmartLink web-based control, eliminate this overwatering for customers, saving this precious resource for future use. The company donates $1 per SmartLink connection per month and 5% of Sustainability Services revenue to non-profit organizations like Living Water International who provide these services to communities in need across the globe.