By Xylem, Inc.

Introduction
Hometown H2O is a domestic water program dedicated to bringing clean, sustainable water to people and communities in need across the United States. The program, launched in early 2020, is a united effort between retired NFL player Chris Long and his Waterboys initiative and Xylem Inc., to address domestic water scarcity issues, which currently leave more than two million Americans without access to clean water. Hometown H2O works alongside the Water Well Trust, a national nonprofit that helps qualify low-income families. This article reports on the most recent projects.

A new water lifeline for rural Texas family
For David and Beverly Daily, their 83-acre property in Jacksonville, TX, had everything they and their extended family could want. Everything but access to clean running water. The Jacksonville water and sewer lines don’t reach the rural property where the Dailys live, along with their three children and their families. Other homes in the area use water wells, but installing one was cost-prohibitive for the family, according to Beverly Daily. Instead, they relied on rain barrels to collect water for everyday use and traveled to a filling station for potable drinking water.

While researching various options online, the Dailys’ daughter, Kimberly Holt, found the Water Well Trust, a non-profit partner of Xylem, and Hometown H2O. “They were only doing it in other parts of the country, but I thought, you know I am just going to ask and the worst thing they can do is say no, right?” she said. About a week after Holt submitted the application, the Water Well Trust reached out to provide assistance. The new well, which provides the Dailys, their children and their families with potable water directly to their homes, is the third Hometown H2O well donation project completed in 2020.

“The reality is that many American families – especially in rural areas – are forced to source their water from rain barrels or other unsanitary means for everyday use, and that should not be happening,” said Chris Long, two-time Super Bowl champion as well as Founder and trustee of the Chris Long Foundation. “Water access for many Americans is a growing issue. Through Hometown H2O, we are working to ensure everyone has access to safe, clean water at home. A key part of that is working with one of the world’s leading water tech companies so that we can deliver sustainable projects and impact everyday quality of life for families as quickly as possible.”

Donations and price reductions from local businesses also make the projects possible. For the Daily project, Xylem donated Goulds Water Technology brand equipment while local distributor partner Wholesale Pump & Supply of Tyler donated casing, sand and concrete. Well installation services by Jackson Distributors of Cushing were provided at a discount. “It’s an honor to be able to help fulfill the promise for a better life for these families,” said Rick Laborde, President, Wholesale Pump & Supply. “We could not be more thrilled to support the Water Well Trust, Xylem Watermark and Hometown H2O missions in order to provide the Dailys access to water.”

Following prep work at the site for well installation, the new 720-foot well was outfitted with a Goulds Water Technology 35-, 7.5-HP submersible pump and motor. Additionally, the volunteer team installed a 116-gallon tank, 10 HP variable frequency drive (VFD) and a VFD output filter. Wholesale Pump & Supply assisted with the electrical installation of the pump house and pump equipment.

Xylem’s corporate social responsibility program Watermark provided volunteers who conduct various improvement projects on the property beyond the well donation. Using social distancing precautions amid coronavirus concerns, local Xylem employees joined forces with Wholesale Pump & Supply and Jackson Distributors employees to help build the pump house for the new water well, ensuring its longevity for the family’s access to water. “COVID-19 has made already challenging circumstances even more difficult, and we recognize how imperative our resources are to helping those in need during this unprecedented time,” said Susan O’Grady, Director, Americas Building Services & Agriculture, Xylem. “Not having access to running water and/or potable water is an unimaginable reality that has since become unbearable for these families. For Xylem and its partners, we feel it’s the right thing to do to use our collective expertise, solutions, services and donations to bring a potentially life-saving resource to such deserving people.”

Following the installation of the water well and other improvements to the property, Beverly Daily expressed the family’s appreciation. “If you’ve ever done without water for even a few hours, it’s inconvenient, but if you do without it on a regular basis for a period of months or even years, it’s a whole new aspect,” she said. “We’re very grateful for it.”

Missouri veteran now has water
A local family of four in Eureka, MO, recently gained access to clean water with a donated water well system, equipment, well drilling and pump installation. The Illert family (30-year old veteran Justin, wife Sarah, five-year-old Lilah and one-year-old Austin) previously lived without clean, running water in their home and relied on bottled water and rainwater for cooking and cleaning. The family now has reliable access to clean, potable water for the first time. “It feels like we won the lottery,” said Sarah. “It means the world. It really is life changing for us. We are so grateful to have clean water to cook with, do our laundry, clean the dishes, and take clean showers and baths.”

The donation marked the fourth project between Xylem Inc., Water Well Trust and Hometown H2O. This project was also supported by beverage company Talking Rain, which donated water to project staff and made a financial contribution to the family. “Nobody should have to live without access to clean water – especially the brave and honorable men and women that have served our nation,” said Chris Long. “Clean water access for many Americans is an increasingly serious problem. Since Hometown H2O launched in 2020, we have raised awareness for water equality that affects policy at the state and federal levels. We will continue to prioritize this mission in our future projects. The organizations we work with, including Xylem and Water Well Trust, bring industry expertise to the table and passionately do what it takes to make these projects successful. Thank you to our supporting partners for helping us to change lives and ensure that clean, running water is a basic human need that no American lacks.

”Xylem donated Goulds Water Technology brand equipment while local distributor partner Water Works of Springfield, MO, coordinated the discounted installation through pump installer Schroepfer Well Drilling, Inc. of Franklin County, MO. A team of volunteers – from Water Works and Xylem employees – also donated time to clean up the property’s yard.

“The unacceptable reality is that many Americans do not have access to potable, running water,” said Susan O’Grady, Director of Marketing, Building Services and Agriculture, Xylem. “For Xylem and its partners, we are honored to be able to use our expertise and passion for the cause to bring this vital service to people who deserve to have clean water.”

For more information about the Hometown H2O project, visit or contact Megan McDowell at mmcdowell@braniganinc.com or (920) 493-0532. Listen to “In the Field with Goulds Water Technology,” a series dedicated to the residential water and irrigation industries on Solving Water: A Xylem podcast, anywhere podcasts are available.

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