On Saturday, May 11, 2019, more than 400 people gathered at 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.

The Walk was sponsored by the Colorado Water Center, and raised more than $60,000 to provide clean water systems to communities in need. Hach is partnering with Water Mission to help identify, install, and sustain living water treatment systems around the world. Later this year, they will 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. Water Mission gets to know the needs of each community, assesses its capabilities, and validates 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 and the Colorado Water Center remain committed to ensuring water quality for people in Colorado and beyond. To date, upwards of $300,000 has been raised by the Walk. Stay tuned to learn more about the project that will be funded by the proceeds of this year’s event, save the date for May 2020!