Hach Hosts its 6th Annual Walk for Water to Raise Funds and Awareness for the Global Water Crisis

On Saturday, May 11th, over 400 people gathered in Fort Collins, Colorado on the campus of Colorado State University (CSU) to raise funds and awareness for the global water crisis in the 6th Annual Hach Walk for Water. Hach associates, along with their families, friends, neighbors and community leaders, set out on a three-mile trek across campus to replicate the walk that so many people – especially women and children – in the developing world take daily. Each walker was armed with a bucket, which remained empty for the first half of the walk. At the midpoint, walkers filled their buckets with water for the rest of the journey. A single gallon of water weighs almost 8.5 pounds, or nearly 4 kilograms. With at least a few gallons each, walkers soon learned how heavy that can feel over a couple miles!

As in the past, Hach was supported by some local sponsors who really help make this event a reality. In addition to their partnership with CSU and the Colorado Water Center, they were also joined by Hydro Construction, High Country Beverage, 5280 Stone, West Point Carpet One, Danaher Corporate, Loveland Thompson Valley Rotary and other local businesses. The American Water Works Association (AWWA) was also a part of this year’s event and they were lucky to have David LaFrance, their CEO, in attendance and also say a few words to the crowd.  

In total this year’s event raised over $60,000 to provide clean water systems to communities in need!  As in the past, Hach is partnering with Water Mission to help identify, install and sustain living water treatment systems around the world. Later this year they will work with Water Mission to select one or two communities that will be the recipients of the funds raised. The projects that benefited from funds from the previous four walks include systems in Munami and Kunya, Kenya, Huta Ginjang, Indonesia, Santa Clotilde, Peru, Andot, Cambodia and Mkinga, Tanzania. Each time Water Mission works on a project they get to know the needs of the community, assess their capabilities and validate the key elements for a sustainable long-term successful project are in place. From there, they design a custom solution that may include water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). They also train local community leaders to test the water (using Hach equipment!) and maintain the system to ensure it continues to help the community for many years to come. 

Hach remains committed to ensuring water quality for people around the world and is proud to share that they have been able to raise well over $300,000 since they started the Walk for Water six years ago. The team is looking forward to identifying the project that will be funded by the proceeds of this year’s Walk and is looking forward to a successful Walk in 2020!