We won't stop until every child has it
Clean, safe drinking water is essential to human survival. While safe water isn’t the only thing rural families and communities need to climb out of extreme poverty, it’s a necessary first step.
Clean water doesn’t just make families healthier. It makes communities thrive.
With a safe water source nearby, families can spend less time walking far and unsafe distances for water and more time being together – working, playing, and farming.
Different solutions for different communities
One size fits all doesn’t work in the remote and rural regions where we serve. Staff work with local governments, hydrologists, and community members to determine the most appropriate and low-tech means to provide safe water to the village. This strategy ensures that local parts are also available when the water source inevitably needs to be repaired.
When water is available near the surface, skilled technicians can dig a well (less than 100 feet) that is lined, capped, and equipped with a hand pump.
Naturally flowing spring water can be captured and directed before it is contaminated at the surface. This is a very low-tech solution that can last a very long time.
In arid lands with intense but seasonal periods of rain, water can be stored in large, underground cisterns for use year round.
Tanks collect and store rainwater running off a roof. This is a common solution at schools, where a larger roof collects water for use at the compound.
There are a lot of broken water points out there. Sometimes wells can be repaired by fixing the pipes, hand pump, or cement pad, and a spring can be repaired by fixing piping and spring boxes. Repairing a water point is much cheaper than constructing an entirely new source.
When water is further below the surface (more than a 100 feet), and there are access roads to communities, we mobilize a drill rig.
Water Committees are neighbors on a mission to build a healthy village.
A water committee is a group of people, men and women, selected by the community, who are responsible and accountable for the maintenance of the safe water source. They are trained to collect user fees to help when repairs are needed. Every water source has an active water committee.
Reporting straight from the source
Lifewater field staff use mobile technology to monitor the water source and health change in real-time. We log water quality, construction, and community information in our database and can even share images of the previous water source, new water source, and active water committee with those who sponsor water projects.