By Paul Humphreys, Atlas Copco Compressors LLC
Atlas Copco USA’s employee-driven Water for All program launches its second round of COVID-19 relief, supporting the distribution of fresh drinking water to Navajo Nation. Atlas Copco will provide $25,000 to Can’d Aid, enabling the organization to deliver more than 50,000 cans of fresh drinking water to the area.
MEETING THE NEEDS OF NAVAJO NATION
Navajo Nation is an Native American territory covering approximately 17,544,500 acres, occupying portions of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico. With more than 180,000 people living in the land, and with fewer than a dozen grocery stores, Navajo Nation continues to struggle to find ways to supply residents with water.
The June fulfillment will be distributed to the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Whiteriver, Arizona. In April 2020, Atlas Copco also supported Can’d Aid with a $25,000 donation to Food Bank of the Rockies with canned water as part of their community outreach.
Supporting this project bears testament to the generosity of Atlas Copco’s employees and the support they have given to Water for All over the last decade. The great work our partner Can’d Aid is doing in the United States does not go unnoticed, and the speed and agility in which they can move to support projects is truly inspiring.
WATER FOR ALL
This year marks the ten-year anniversary of the Water for All organization in the United States. The program originally started in Sweden in 1984. Through the dedicated and passionate work of volunteering employees at Atlas Copco, Water for All funds projects all around the world, providing access to clean drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene. For every dollar an employee donates, the company adds another two dollars, making a double match.
Many projects are supported to bring access to clean drinking water to parts of the world where people and communities have never been afforded that luxury. The committee also provides funding to support water-focused programs during times of local and regional crises—such as the COVID-19 outbreak.
A HISTORY OF GOOD WORK
Atlas Copco’s Water for All organization has previously supported the self-sustainability of Navajo Nation. In April 2017, they supported a program to build a new water treatment plant. Water for All was founded in Sweden in 1984 by Atlas Copco employees Peter Hakansson and Torgny Rogert and has continued to spread across the world ever since. At the center lies the strong belief that clean water is a human right.
Through Water for All, the money is used to support projects that give people in need access to clean drinking water and improved facilities for sanitation and hygiene. In addition to the Navajo Nation project, women and young girls are particularly affected by the lack of water and sanitation, and all projects supported by Water for All thus aim to positively impact the lives of especially women and girls.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Atlas Copco Compressors LLC is part of the Compressor Technique Business Area, headquartered in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Atlas Copco Compressors provides innovative solutions including world-class compressors, vacuum pumps, air blowers, quality air products and gas generation systems, all backed with full service, remote monitoring and auditing services. With a nationwide service and distribution network, Atlas Copco Compressors is your local, national and global partner for all your compressed air needs. For more information, visit www.atlascopco.com/air-usa.
MODERN PUMPING TODAY, August 2020
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