The Valor Water Analytics team participated with several events during Xylem Watermark’s Global Month of Service, during which Xylem employees around the world came together to participate in volunteer events in service for their respective communities.
Beach Cleanup 10.28.18
The Valor Water Analytics team in San Francisco participated in their very first Watermark volunteer event, a beach clean up organized by the Surfrider Foundation SF Chapter. The organization’s mission is to protect oceans and beaches through a powerful activist network. They organize clean-up events on a regular basis and raise community awareness around reducing pollution in beach habitats. The Surfrider Foundation operates in several cities in California, as well as in other coastal areas across the United States, with 81 chapters in 10 regions.
It was wonderful to see a huge turnout at the cleanup event by Xylem employees, local school groups, and others in the community. There were more people than buckets for the collection of garbage and we noticed a variety of volunteers of all age groups, from toddlers to elderly people. The Valor Team was very successful in their search for trash and collected items including several cigarette butts, Styrofoam, beer bottle caps, and even a fork and spoon ended up in one of the buckets! It was a great experience and a huge inspiration for the team to participate more regularly in such events.
You can find more information about the Surfrider Foundation and their mission on their website: https://www.surfrider.org/
Watermark 101 10.29.18
The Valor team is geared up and ready to give back! We held a Watermark 101 lunch and learn as part of the October MOS events to kick off Valor’s involvement with Watermark. The team learned more about the Watermark vision, how to get involved, and brainstormed events for the upcoming year. We wrapped up with a competitive game of Watermark Trivia! Topics included our local water system, Xylem and Watermark, state of our water infrastructure, and the national water investment gap. Not surprising, our winners were Valor founder Christine Boyle and Valor veteran Renee Jutras. The rest of the team will be studying hard for round two in the future!
This years Halloween theme was water. It was time to put on our thinking caps and get creative. Here’s how the Valor team did!
We had a rain cloud, a sea monkey, Dory, a dead meter, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a mermaid, and Leonardo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
And the winners...
Most On Xylem Message: TGPGP
Most "One of Those Days" Feeling: Rain Cloud
Most "Sharkey Kids Favorite": Dory
Most "Best Sea Friends Experience": Mermaid + Sea Monkey
Most "Can I Borrow That Costume": Leonardo
Overall Winner: Anomalous Zombie Meter