Grundfos Canada walks to end water crisis
Water was collected, transported and filtered.
By Peter Saunders
Employees of Grundfos Canada, known by energy managers for its water- and electricity-saving pumps, joined members of their community on Sept. 7 at Erindale Park in Mississauga, Ont., to participate in Walk for Water Canada. The event raises funds for Water Mission, a non-profit engineering organization that provides safe water and sanitation for developing countries and disaster areas.
“Grundfos, our longest-standing regional walk partner, has been hosting these events for its employees since 2012,” explains Michael Sosnowski, director of stewardship at Water Mission. “They started in the U.S. and branched out to Canada. This year, Denmark was added. Next, they hope to engage communities in Hungary, Serbia, Ghana and the Netherlands.”
With buckets in hand, the participants raised $25,000 and walked 6 km in honour of the millions of women and children who make such treks every day to find and collect water.
“Walking for water is something people in many parts of the world must do to live, which we take for granted,” explains Simon Feddema, president of Grundfos Canada.
Specifically, each participant walked 3 km with an empty bucket, then filled it bucket with water from Mississauga’s Credit River. After walking an additional 3 km, they emptied their buckets in a pool. Then, that water was fed through a Grundfos SQ pump to a treatment system for filtration.