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

Kohler Canada is working with Water First, a Canadian NGO that addresses water challenges in Indigenous communities in Canada, to launch a consumer campaign to raise awareness and funds to develop 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 will be deployed within their local communities. This campaign builds on a relationship that began in late 2020 and was confirmed in 2021 with a $10,000 donation to support over 200 hours of life-changing training for young Indigenous adults.

“13.5 percent of First Nations communities in Canada cannot drink their own tap water. In Ontario, that number is 40 percent, 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’s consumer campaign encourages Canadians to donate directly to Water First. Every dollar donated to Water First will be matched by Kohler, up to $10,000, with the goal of providing an additional $20,000 for Water First to continue its very important work. To donate, visit: https://waterfirst.ngo/partners/kohler/.

“The water challenges faced by many Indigenous communities are significant. While Water First has expertise in supporting communities and young Indigenous adults with skills training and education, we would not be able to achieve the results we need without the help of companies like Kohler,” says John Millar, Executive Director and Founder of Water First. “Interns have an important role to play in addressing local water challenges, now and in the future.”

Kohler Co. 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. Through its Safe Water For All initiative, Kohler’s product and engineering innovations-paired with humanitarian partners around the globe-has impacted more than 900,000 lives since 2017.