Servicon Helps Bring Clean Drinking Water to the Unhoused

 

Southern California’s Leading Hospital EVS and Commercial Cleaning Company Supports Vital Initiative

Servicon takes pride in our contributions to the community through our work with our foundation, ServiconCares. This month we had the opportunity to partner with LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis and the LA Mission to provide clean drinking water to the unhoused in LA’s Skid Row. Though they are often overlooked, they are members of our community and deserve to have drinking water readily available to them. The ribbon cutting event was a success, and was covered throughout Los Angeles media. You can learn more about it below, and check out the coverage in LA This Week, LA Downtown News, Spectrum 1, LA Daily News, and Patch:

Culver City, California, January 18, 2023—Servicon, Southern California’s leading hospital environmental services (EVS) provider and commercial cleaning services company, has partnered with LA County to install The Water Box at Los Angeles (LA) Mission. The installation provides clean water for those living in Los Angeles’ Skid Row. The partnership includes County Supervisor Hilda Solis and her staff, SoCalGas, LA Mission, and Servicon. It is designed to help address the drastic impact climate change and resource scarcity—such as water—have on poorer communities, especially those of color.

The Water Box installation and the project’s partners were recognized at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Wednesday, January 11, in the downtown Skid Row area, also known as Central City East.

An Innovative Solution

The Water Box is an innovative solution that provides clean water to communities in need without the cost and environmental, disposal, and logistical problems associated with individual plastic bottles. The Water Box produces up to 10 gallons of clean drinking water per minute, and residents are provided with refillable jugs or can use any container of their choice. The water is tested daily through usage and every few weeks by an independent and certified laboratory.

Cool, clean water is necessary for residents in Skid Row year-round, especially in summer when temperatures reach 100 degrees or more.

The LA Chamber of Commerce estimates Skid Row’s population to be between 8,000 and 11,000. Once predominantly black men, the number of women and children has also increased in recent years. Approximately 20% of the population is veterans, while many inhabitants suffer from substance abuse and/or mental illnesses. Resources, such as clean water, have long been a concern in the area, one Servicon and its partners believe Water Box can help alleviate.

Making a Difference

“Everyone is entitled to clean water,” says Servicon president and CEO Laurie Sewell. “The Water Box provides this for people who might not have it otherwise. It is a prime example of a real-world solution that helps build a cleaner, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for the downtown LA community. We are excited to be part of the project. It fits perfectly with Servicon’s purpose to create healthy environments for people to thrive, our vision to create healthy environments for a better working future for all, and our drive to invest in our people and the communities in which we work and live. It also complements our focus as a company on ESG and ‘doing the right thing.’”

Drew FitzGerald, WaterBox.org co-founder and executive director, is equally enthusiastic. “To meet the water crisis on Skid Row, a WaterBox was installed at the LA Mission to provide the community’s residents with safe, clean water,” he says. “This was done thanks to the leadership of LA County Supervisor Solis, SoCalGas, and the LA Mission, along with critical support from Servicon—a successful and growing building services provider that is giving back to those in need through its donor-advised philanthropic fund ServiconCares. ServiconCares has given to other groups working on transition programs for the unhoused on Skid Row, and this Water Box will make life healthier for many of those people.”

About LA Mission

Founded in 1936, the Los Angeles Mission is a nonprofit, privately supported, faith-based organization that serves the immediate and long-term needs of homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and children. The Mission is among the nation’s largest service providers to the homeless. For more information, visit losangelesmission.org.

About WaterBox.org

WaterBox.org is a nonprofit with a mission to help public service organizations in communities with unsafe water by giving them an alternative to distributing single-use bottled water. Since its inception in 2019, 20 of The Water Boxes have been deployed throughout the United States, eliminating the use of 2.1 million water bottles and 338,662 tons of greenhouse gas emissions while distributing nearly 300,000 gallons of clean water. For more information, visit WaterBox.org.

About SoCalGas

Headquartered in LA,  SoCalGas® is the largest U.S. gas distribution utility. It delivers affordable, reliable, and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million consumers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California. For more information, visit socalgas.com.

About Servicon

Servicon is Southern California’s leading hospital EVS and commercial cleaning company specializing in hospital EVSlife sciencesaerospace, and facility maintenance. We are dedicated to providing exemplary service for complex facilities throughout Southern California and the surrounding area. At Servicon, we live by our purpose to elevate the industry and provide healthy environments for people to thrive. As a privately held, women-owned, and operated company, we work and live by our vision of creating a better working future. To learn more, visit servicon.com or contact us.