Xylem Inc., a sponsor of The Groundwater Foundation, a charitable organization operated by NGWA, helped provide a new water well system to a family in need on May 17.
In collaboration with Xylem, Chris Long, NFL retiree and founder of Waterboys, donated a new water well to the Goff family of six in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The Goff family has been without clean water access on their property following a well collapse in September 2022. Since then, the Goffs have resorted to obtaining water from a neighbor’s well situated half a mile away and then transported on a riding lawnmower. Once back at their residence, the water is deposited into 250-gallon holding tanks, taking 20 minutes to fill completely for use.
“Our neighbor has been kind enough to allow us to use his trailer to transport clean water back to our home from his property while we tried to find a solution,” says Kyle Goff. “Water is life. Without it, you really cannot live. It’s great to see that people who aren’t even a part of our community would come out to help others in need. This is a huge blessing.”
The donation included all necessary equipment, drilling, and installation, as well as a yard cleanup and expansion, thanks to support from local distributor Bradford Supply and Mumma Brothers Drilling Inc. Piping material from The Vinyl Institute and bottles of water from Talking Rain Beverage Co. were also included in the donation.
This donation marks the 13th collaborative project for Xylem and Hometown H2O—a domestic water initiative dedicated to bringing clean, sustainable water to people and communities in need across the United States.
“The reality is that many American families—especially in rural areas—are forced to source their water from unsanitary means for everyday use and that should not be happening,” says Long, two-time Super Bowl champion and founder of the Chris Long Foundation. “Our mission with Hometown H2O is to address the issue of water scarcity that plagues many families across America. With the support of Xylem, we are committed to providing access to clean and sustainable water to those who need it the most.”