1.8 billion people drink contaminated water
40% of water projects fail*
Why? It is not enough to simply dig a well or provide a water filter. A project like this often breaks down soon after the implementing group leaves. The local community must be engaged and must be able to independently maintain their water system.
* Davis, S. (2014). Guidelines for Resolution of Problems with Water Systems. (Rep.) Improve International.
partner with communities to launch clean water franchises
We provide the up-front funding and train local leaders to oversee operations and maintenance. Families pay just a few dollars per month for their water service.
Maintenance and other ongoing costs are covered by these monthly service fees. The initial investment builds a permanent, independent source of clean water.
By placing local leaders at the center and providing WASH Education, we empower people to break “poverty traps”. Unlike top-down approaches, community franchises adapt to local culture.
Every situation is different; no one technology works everywhere. We custom-fit each franchise's water system using 33 Buckets Toolbox, our scalable design system.