Pumping up hope: Goldston family’s well upgrade brings joy and relief

Goldston, NC – Jessica Sales and her three children in Goldston, North  Carolina, will have secure access to safe and reliable water next week, thanks to a recent  collaborative effort. Xylem Inc., the Water Well Trust (WWT) and Waterboys – a charity initiative founded by two-time Super Bowl Champion, Chris Long – provided a comprehensive upgrade with all  necessary equipment and installation for drilling a new well and building a pump house. Additionally,  project partners contributed by installing a front door screen, placing pavers and planting flowers and  shrubs. Local distributor Hughes Supply Pinehurst, well driller W.W. Maness & Sons Inc Well Drilling,  pump installer Clearwater Solutions and the Vinyl Institute, which donated PVC piping material, all  donated their time and services to complete the project. 

“Being involved in this project to provide the Sales family with reliable water access is incredibly  meaningful for us. As a family business that’s been around since 1950, we take great pride in giving  back to our community,” said Chris Maness, W.W. Maness & Sons Inc Well Drilling. “This project  highlights the importance of ensuring that everyone has access to clean water, especially in areas  where it can be difficult to find. We’re dedicated to using our expertise to make a positive impact.  Having our entire team on-site ensures that we can get the job done right to support this family in  need.” 

Sales is a certified nursing assistant working at two hospitals and single mother of three. Prior to the  well upgrades, she experienced a severe water shortage due to the failure of their home’s 38-year-old  well, drilled in 1986. Despite multiple repairs, the well continued to run dry every morning since Sales  first purchased the property in 2021. As a result, the family, including Devan (17), Asia (14) and  Jayviann (6), struggled to meet their daily needs with only 30 jugs of water on hand, insufficient for  basic hygiene and laundry. This crisis was especially challenging as one of Sales’ children has  epilepsy, requiring consistent care, and making their life increasingly difficult without a reliable water  source. 

“After being in the house for a month or so, I started having issues with the water going out and the  well running dry. My family and I have been struggling, sometimes having water and other times going  weeks without it. We’ve had to rely on friends and family for basic needs like showering, laundry and  washing dishes,” said Sales, WWT beneficiary. “The support from the Chris Long Foundation and  partners is a tremendous blessing that has lifted a huge burden off our shoulders. We are incredibly  grateful.” 

The Sales family’s well upgrade marks the 17th HometownH2O project, an extension of its domestic  water initiative working alongside WWT and Xylem to provide clean, sustainable water to communities  in need. Water scarcity issues currently leave more than 2.2 million Americans without access to clean water, making this joint effort between Long, his Foundation’s Waterboys initiative and Xylem a  vital resource for families across the country. 

“Being on-site and witnessing the transformation that clean water access brings to the Sales family is  truly inspiring. At Xylem, our mission is to solve water challenges and partnering with the Water Well  Trust and the Chris Long Foundation’s Waterboys initiative enables us to do just that,” said Susan  O’Grady, senior director of marketing, building services and agriculture, Xylem. “Seeing the relief and  gratitude of the Sales family reinforces the importance of our work and motivates us to continue  bringing sustainable water solutions to those in need.” 

“Access to safe drinking water is a fundamental right that no family should have to go without. Our  collaboration with Xylem, Water Well Trust and other partners on this project has been incredibly  rewarding,” said Chris Long, founder of the Chris Long Foundation. “Seeing the positive impact it has  on the Sales family reinforces our commitment to bringing lasting water solutions to those in need.  Through our HometownH2O program, we are changing lives here at home, one well at a time.” 

Xylem, in conjunction with its Goulds Water Technology brand, is engaged in regular water well  initiatives to provide secure water access to rural areas, striving to increase public awareness of the  challenges surrounding lack of water access. For more information about the Chris Long Foundation’s  HometownH2O projects, visit waterboys.org/hometown