Premier League Champions Manchester City are renewing a multi-year global partnership with water technology company Xylem to help address the global water crisis.
The partners say they have already reached more than 1 billion people through water awareness, education and volunteering initiatives that advance their shared mission to create a more sustainable world. Now they aim to accelerate action on critical water challenges by bringing a further 100 million people to participate in water-related initiatives in their communities.
The agreement includes the Manchester City men’s and women’s teams, and MLS Champions New York City FC and Mumbai City, who are part of City Football Group (CFG).
“When it comes to solving major challenges, our voices are more powerful together."
Roel de Vries, City Football Group’s chief operating officer, said, "Over the last four years, we have been able to successfully combine our place in the world of football with Xylem’s expertise in water education, to impact a huge number of people globally. Using the voice and influence of Manchester City, NYCFC and Mumbai City, we will continue to raise awareness and change behaviours around sustainable approaches.”
“When it comes to solving major challenges, our voices are more powerful together,” said Patrick Decker, president and chief executive of Xylem. “That’s why one of the many ways Xylem advances water security is by engaging external stakeholders to put water on the agenda in new ways and venues.
"Through our partnership, we are creating a unique and powerful platform to connect with millions of fans around the world, spark conversation on water challenges and solutions – and inspire widespread action. We’re energised by the opportunities that lie ahead, and the potential to accelerate progress in our mission to solve water.”
The United Nations estimates that 3.2 billion people will live in severely water-scarce areas by 2050, if global warming continues in line with current projections.
The three clubs and Xylem are elevating water within the global conversation on climate change through activities and dialogue that educate communities on the value of water, and projects to improve water and sanitation access.
Over the last four years, the partnership has empowered a global network of over 500 young community football leaders to deliver life-saving water awareness, education, and access to over 20,000 children in eight countries across all continents. Delivered collaboratively with CFG’s global charity initiative Cityzens Giving, these projects combine football and WASH - water sanitation and hygiene - education with infrastructure upgrades using Xylem technology and expertise.
In 2021, Xylem and Manchester City joined forces with PUMA to launch the world’s first sports jersey dedicated to raising awareness of water challenges. The jersey was made using a special dope dye manufacturing process that reduces water consumption. The initiative brought together a diverse set of athletes across Manchester City men's, women's and academy teams to support football and safe water projects around the world.
Xylem will also play a central role in enabling the sustainability ambition of the wider City Football Group’s plans to make its global operations carbon neutral and water positive by 2030. Through technology and consultative support, Xylem will support the development of water usage and discharge strategies to increase efficiency and reduce waste on existing and future estate developments.