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Kohler Partners with Water First to Address Water Challenges in Indigenous Communities 

Kohler is working with Water First to launch a consumer campaign to raise awareness and funds to develop young Indigenous water operators.

August 24, 2021   Logan Caswell

Kohler has announced a new partnership with Water First to help address water challenges within Indigenous Communities in North America.

Kohler is working with Water First to launch a consumer campaign to raise awareness and funds to develop young Indigenous water operators who will acquire hands-on knowledge in the use of water quality equipment, analysis and testing processes. The skills and expertise they gain are expected to be deployed within their local communities.

“13.5% of First Nations communities in Canada cannot drink their own tap water. In Ontario, that number is 40%, which means 4 out of 10 First Nations in Ontario have unsafe drinking water,” said Christopher Bell, VP and General Manager of Kohler Kitchen & Bath Canada. “As a company focused on water, we are committed to promoting access to clean and safe water and are honoured to partner with Water First to develop sustainable solutions to water issues in communities across Canada.”

Kohler has been very active in addressing water and sanitation issues throughout the world. Most recently, Kohler launched a three-year partnership with DigDeep, a human rights non-profit working to ensure that every American has clean, running water. At the center of the partnership is the Water is Life microgrant program designed to help local community leaders and groups across the Navajo Nation in the United States develop innovative ideas to increase access to clean water and sanitation.

Kohler’s consumer campaign encourages Canadians to donate directly to Water First. Every dollar donated to Water First will be matched by Kohler. To donate visit: waterfirst.ngo