Water and wastewater professionals embarked on annual ride to raise funds for Water For People
Badger Meter announced that it has donated $5,000 to the Water Buffalos in support of efforts to construct and maintain safe, reliable drinking water systems in developing countries worldwide. The Water Buffalos include more than 40 members from the global water and wastewater industry who share a passion for motorcycles and the belief that everyone deserves access to clean drinking water.
Each year, the Water Buffalos ride their motorcycles to the American Water Works Assn.’s Annual Conference and Expo (ACE) to raise money and awareness for Water For People, an international nonprofit devoted to helping villages build and maintain safe water systems.
Founded in 2005, the Water Buffalos solicit contributions from companies and individuals for Water For People and ride thousands of miles to convene at the annual industry event. ACE12 took place in Dallas at the Dallas Convention Center, June 10 to 14, and Badger Meter was a gold-level sponsor of the event.
Badger Meter’s director of utility sales, Cindy Kransler, has been an active member of the Water Buffalos since its inception. “It takes as little as $5,000 to establish a safe drinking water system in a small town in those developing countries. Water For People as a charity just makes sense. It’s a great cause and a great organization,” she said.
Members of the Water Buffalos adorn their vests with patches featuring the names and logos of businesses that sponsor the ride. They also make appearances at sponsoring company booths during ACE.
This year, the Water Buffalos raised more than $125,000 for Water For People, and its members logged more than 28,000 miles to attend the show. In total, the Water Buffalos have raised more than $400,000 for Water For People to date.