Providing Sustainable Solutions in Support of Water Training
Kohler Co., a global leader in the design and manufacture of kitchen and bath products, is committed to addressing clean water and sanitation issues in Canada by partnering with Water First to provide internships for young Indigenous adults.
At Kohler, we believe our best can always be better: better for the lives we touch, better for our communities, better for our planet, and better for business. That’s why we embrace the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs) as a guide for the actions we take, and tap into our expertise in plumbing, sanitation, energy systems, hospitality and manufacturing to drive research, innovation and commercialization of sustainable solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. We are honoured to work with Indigenous communities in Canada to better understand how best to support their priorities around safe clean water with sustainable solutions.
What COVID-19 has made abundantly clear is that access to clean water is essential to maintaining public health and that water operators are essential workers.
The Water First Internship Program supports young Indigenous interns to become certified water treatment plant operators. This approach ensures sustainable access to safe drinking water in Indigenous communities for the long term.
More than just a water science training program
Custom designed to engage young Indigenous adults, the Water First Internship Program is informed by their perspectives. Along with skills and experience, interns feel an increase in confidence, and a deeper connection to the land and their community. They flourish in being part of a program that leads to not only a job, but a career. They are part of a long term, sustainable solution — providing safe drinking water in Indigenous communities.