Ensuring Access to Clean Water
Our Water and Engineering programs support the holistic model with four core initiatives: designing clean water systems, establishing water committees to collect water fees for future maintenance, constructing designed systems, and creating basic sanitation committees to encourage hygiene and sanitation.
Water System Design
Water systems are designed, planned, and budgeted with partner communities, international volunteers in 7-9 day trips called “Engineering Brigades,” and the support of our local staff of engineers. Designs take into account accessible water sources and community needs with the goal to provide clean water piped directly to families’ homes when possible.
Local leaders are identified by the community to serve as the community’s Water Council, which collects monthly water fees from households to operate and maintain the constructed water system. This locally empowered team ensures the future sustainability of the project once construction is complete and receives regular follow-up from our local staff.
Once designed, clean water systems are constructed with local community members working alongside volunteers in 7-9 day volunteer and a combination of government and private funding. Construction may take several months to complete and can include several large scale components, such as dams and storage tanks.
Our local staff identify and train each community with a Basic Sanitation Committee to promote healthy living practices and support project upkeep from a cultural perspective. The committee is also responsible for carrying out in-home assessments of Public Health projects in the home such as latrines, clean burning stoves, and water storage units.
Success Indicator | Empowered 100 Goal #3
Continuous access to a clean water system with a Water Council in place.
Current status: 39 of 100 Communities
- 45 Water systems constructed
- 41 Water systems constructed
- 8 Water systems constructed
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