On Friday, March 21, 2014, in honor of World Water Day, HaloSource, the global water technology company headquartered in Bothell, WA partnered with 21 Acres, a sustainable living farm and education center in Woodinville, WA to raise awareness around water and energy issues to help promote more sustainable and equitable choices. A team of 45 HaloSource employees joined forces with 21 Acres on the Woodinville farm to clean and work on the farm’s bioswale and rain-garden maintenance. The HaloSource team spent several hours performing tasks including everything from removing invasive weeds, sheet mulching and erosion control. The team also learned about the natural stormwater filtration system used on the farm including which plants are best suited to the system.
Water is essential to human existence and there are increasing demands on this finite resource. Worldwide, 1.3 billion people currently live without electricity, 780 million people lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people are without sanitation. It is imperative to educate the developed world on these issues to help alleviate poverty around the globe.
HaloSource is dedicated to making water better through patented innovation that removes contaminants, kills bacteria as well as viruses, and supports conservation to raise the bar in returning water to its purer and natural state.
CEO Martin Coles says, “We were delighted to team with 21 Acres on such a critical event as we raise the awareness of water issues and water conservation around the world. The entire Bothell headquarters team volunteered on the 21 Acres Farm to make an impact in our local area. Our China and India offices are also utilizing the day to make a difference in their own respective markets.”
Gretchen Garth, founder and Board President of 21 Acres, says she is delighted to partner with a business that shares similar values of the organization including environmental conservation and sustainability. “One of the innovative features of the new green building, in addition to the generation of renewable energy,” Garth says, “is the water treatment system with a living roof and rain gardens. Systems designed to filter stormwater on site, removing pollutants and recharging the natural groundwater. This is one of the drivers that helped elevate the building to achieve LEED Platinum certification.”