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Everyone has a responsibility to do their part to conserve and manage natural resources wisely and with an eye to the future. At the NAWC, we take our commitment to water sustainability one step further by supporting efforts to engage students at home and abroad. We hope this investment in the future will pay dividends for generations to come.

We have long sponsored the Federal Water Quality Association's student scholarship program that helps to send four graduating high school seniors to America's top colleges to study water-related sciences. And girls who live in the villages helped through the good works of Water For People, will get to attend school with their brothers instead of trekking the long miles to the cleanest source to fetch water.

Established in 1991 by members of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Water For People is an organization replacing "drive-through" humanitarianism with the follow-through actions needed to sustain water systems in 11 developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Led by CEO Ned Breslin and Chairwoman and NAWC member Elisa Speranza, Water For People puts accountability at the heart of its water and sanitation programs, asking "Is the water still on?" and "Are the girls smiling and back in school?" long after the ribbon-cutting on the new pump. To answer questions like these, Breslin worked with partners to activate an application called FLOW, or Field Level Operations Watch, using Android mobile and Google Maps technology. FLOW helps donors see their investments in action by tracking the status of water projects via data from thousands of water points displayed on Water For People's global map.

We support these transformative efforts and were proud to have been the presenting sponsor of the DC Chapter of Water For People's first Women in Water Gala in June 2011, a fundraiser to benefit Water For People and to raise awareness of global water access as a women's issue. To read more, visit www.WaterForPeopleDC.org.

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