Clean Water


303 Active Water Projects

water access
and sanitation strategies

so that every person has the opportunity to thrive.

We provide safe water for villages by listening first, developing a cultural awareness, and delivering on our promises no matter the challenges.

We serve where others will not, because it is too expensive, inconvenient, or hard on equipment, and help communities sustainability end water poverty.

Impact in Real Time

Since 2016 Healthy Village Program Launch (updated May 23, 2018)
Actively Monitored
Community Contributions

Our Approach

Custom Engineering

Because the hydrogeology of every village is different, our engineers develop water access blueprints for each based on surveys, population, and locally-available materials. Afterwards, they oversee construction to ensure that we’re serving people in the most effective way possible.

Appropriate Technology

We implement custom water technology to ensure that the water point is affordable and maintainable. Through research and community involvement, we decide the best water access for the context.

View six types of water access technology >

Water Quality

New water sources are tested at installation and monitored for changes in quality. To do this, field staff take photos of test strips using the monitoring app, Akvo, on their mobile phones. That data is uploaded to our cloud- based system, and water quality is maintained.

Watch this video on Lifewater’s
water quality testing >

Water Access Requirements

In keeping with international guidelines, all village water sources are within 1 km from homes and have a 30 minute waiting time or less. If there is any travel, it must be obtainable by every community member— young, elderly, and disabled alike.

Read the WHO Water Report here >

First Handicap-Accessible Well


“The accessible well at Bulumba Primary provides a place where people with disabilities can access water without help. This provides dignity and hope and will encourage other children to attend school as well.”


“I feel happy, loved, and special,” Veronica said.


Read More Here

Sustainable Work

Quality Water Access that Lasts Lifetimes

Rather than use the one-size-fits-all approach to water access, we customize the approach for the need to ensure that each water sources lasts for generations.



  • Communities contribute 10-15% towards the cost of the water source by providing finances, materials, or labor

  • Each village creates a savings account and determines user fees

  • Use local materials for easy access to parts when the water source needs repair

  • Register each village with the local public works offices so they can call on national technicians

Recent Projects