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As residents across the state of Texas experience drought conditions, 30 children across the city of Houston learned the importance of water conservation with coaches from the Man City Foundation, Houston Public Works and Xylem , the city’s official water technology partner.
Students participated in water, sanitation and hygiene education through specially adapted football matches, including a football-based activity to teach safe handwashing, what germs are and how they are spread, and the importance of water conservation.
These participants, ages 7 to 12, were selected from the Houston Department of Parks and Recreation’s local football and summer enrichment program and the session was hosted in Near Northside, a historically underserved neighborhood.
Gareth Hughes, Director of International Programs at City’s Global Foundation, said: “Football is a great tool to inspire and educate young people.
“We enjoyed teaming up with Xylem and Houston Public Works to deliver this football and water education clinic, building on our work with Xylem around the world using football to address local challenges related to at the water.”
Lacie Ulrich of Houston Water said, “Houston has a complex relationship with water.
“On average, Houston receives fifty inches of rain per year, and sometimes several of these rain events occur at the same time, causing the city to flood.
“On the other hand, the city can experience extreme droughts like the one in 2011 and the current drought.
“As the climate continues to change, these events are likely to become more frequent and more extreme, adding stress to our water supply and infrastructure.
Educating Houston’s youth about water issues is becoming increasingly important to our future.
Over the past four years, Xylem’s partnership with City’s global charity initiative, Cityzens Giving, has enabled a global network of over 500 young community football leaders to deliver vital awareness, education and access water to more than 20,000 children in eight of the countries.
These projects combine on-water football-based education with infrastructure improvements using Xylem technology and expertise.
For more information on the partnership, visit: https://www.xylem.com/en-uk/about-xylem/partnerships/man-city/
To learn more about Houston’s water challenges and solutions, visit: www.HoustonRunsOnWater.org