CannedWater4Kids (CW4K) and Anheuser Busch Celebrate Anniversaries of their Providing Disaster Relief Drinking Water in Cans

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Clean drinking water is something many of us take for granted, but when disaster strikes, or in areas where pollution or contamination make the water undrinkable, access to this valuable resource becomes critical. 2018 is the 30th Anniversary of Anheuser-Busch sending cans of fresh drinking Water to victims of natural disasters; CannedWater4kids (CW4K), another responder, is celebrating 10 years.

These children in Zambia, Africa were recent beneficiaries of a sustainable clean drinking water system funded by CW4K.

These children in Zambia, Africa were recent beneficiaries of a sustainable clean drinking water system funded by CW4K.

Clean water is critical to survival as it allows for successful agriculture, food and energy production. Most importantly, it cuts down on waterborne diseases and allows the children healthy development and a better chance at survival.

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Anheuser-Busch sending cans of fresh drinking water to victims of natural disasters. Over that span, 79 million cans (7.3 million gallons) have been sent. That’s quite an impact. A television commercial spotlighting these efforts will air during Sunday’s Super Bowl 52. You can view it now: https://youtu.be/CxGUmtRLm5g
Thank you Anheuser-Busch.

2018 is also the ten-year anniversary of CannedWater4kids (CW4K), a small nonprofit providing disaster relief drinking water in cans. Whether responding to the American Red Cross and earthquakes in Japan and Haiti, Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, help for the lead-contaminated municipal water supply in Flint, Michigan, the recent Hurricane Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida, or Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the 501c3 charity was there with clean, safe drinking water packaged in 12-ounce aluminum beverage cans. To date, CW4K has delivered over 1,000,000 cans of clean, safe drinking water. While on a smaller scale than that of Anheuser-Busch, this tiny nonprofit is also leaving its mark and making a difference.

CW4K’s purpose is to ensure all children have access to clean, safe drinking water. They fund their initiatives with cash donations, grants and through the sale of their premium drinking water in aluminum cans and aluminum bottles. 95 cents of every dollar collected goes to fund, support and deliver clean water programs.

“Aluminum makes perhaps the perfect container for holding drinking water,” said Greg Stromberg, Founder & CEO of CW4K. “It resists corrosion and will not rust, it has an airtight seal that keeps what’s inside fresh longer than plastic, and when recycled, returns as new cans on store shelves in as little as 60 days. An added benefit is that the collection and recycling of used cans also allows people to earn money from it.”

In addition to the disaster relief mentioned above, CW4K projects include assisting the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Engineers Without Borders in bringing sustainable water purification solutions to the highlands of Guatemala, and support for sustainable well/water tank and Bio Sand Filter projects in Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania, Africa. The group also is passionate about clean water education.

“Clean water is critical to survival as it allows for successful agriculture, food and energy production. Most importantly, it cuts down on waterborne diseases and allows the children healthy development and a better chance at survival,” added Stromberg.

“When funding and delivering water projects, sustainability is important to us,” said Peter Gorman, CW4K Board Member and CMO. “We believe in the ‘teach them to fish’ model of relief,” Gorman said. “That way, the deliverables have more value to the recipients and greater potential of living on.”

To learn more about CW4K and how you can help, please visit http://www.cannedwater4kids.org/howtohelp

About CannedWater4Kids
CannedWater4Kids is a 501c3 charity based in Sussex, WI. The organization’s purpose is to ensure all children have access to clean, safe drinking water. CW4K funds its initiatives with cash donations, grants and through the sale of their premium drinking water in aluminum cans and bottles. 95 cents of every dollar collected goes to support, fund and deliver clean water programs. Projects include assisting the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s Engineers Without Borders in bringing sustainable water purification solutions to the highlands of Guatemala, and support for well/water tank and Bio Sand Filter projects in Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania, Africa. Recent disaster and hurricane –relief efforts include the sending of truckloads of canned drinking water to Michigan, Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. To learn more, visit http://www.cannedwater4kids.org.

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