Building Wells in Ethiopia: HECO Helping Others

Published July 16, 2018

There are 663 million people in the world without access to clean water. Almost half of those people are in Sub-Saharan Africa. The average American family uses 400 gallons of water per day, whereas the average African family uses 5 gallons of water per day. That’s the same amount of water one leaky faucet drips in a single day.

Water is one of our most precious resources. While we at Highway Equipment Company (HECO) continue to make technological advancements to help protect this resource and achieve more with less (see Hi-Way’s Xzalt and New Leader’s NL5000 G5 for more information), there is always more a company can do – more we as people can do – to help those in need. That is why we started the H2O (HECO Helping Others) initiative in 2017. With every purchase of a NL5000 G5 precision applicator, we commit a portion of the proceeds to helping build wells in Africa. The wells that are built through this program provide an accessible supply of clean water to a village of 250 people for 15 years.

In its first few months of operation alone, H2O helped benefit over 3,000 people in Ethiopia. Many of the people helped didn’t have nearby access to water at all, let alone clean water. The wells and springs that were built and rehabilitated not only brought improved health and wellbeing to the citizens of those villages, they also brought improved agricultural productivity and increased economic opportunities. We are looking forward to benefiting even more people in 2018, because at HECO, we focus on a better tomorrow by building the best today.