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Investing in Relationships: 2018 Indonesia Workshop

2018 Indonesia Workshop
2018 Indonesia Workshop

Water Mission routinely organizes learning workshops for staff to identify strengths, challenges, and opportunities for improvement across global programs. Purposefully calling these “workshops” rather than “trainings,” Water Mission aims to emphasize the importance of two-way conversation. Charleston staff members attend to share updates from headquarters, gain insights from the field, and facilitate conversations focused on best practices. In January, staff from Charleston and Indonesia gathered for an engineering and community development workshop. They presented updates on strategy, global standards, innovations in engineering, and community development processes. At a breakout session, the group discussed complex obstacles and potential solutions for a few specific ... Read More

Puerto Rico | Powerful Solutions

Water Mission staff participate in training led by Grundfos.
Water Mission staff participate in training led by Grundfos.

Since Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017, the people of Puerto Rico have been working diligently to recover. In San Juan, it is hard to tell a hurricane even hit the island. Yet all it takes is a harrowing two-hour drive into the countryside to realize that everything is not back to normal. Water Mission mobilized shortly after the storm hit, and initial assessments uncovered a unique need. With electricity knocked out for most of the island, there were hundreds of rural communities with intact water systems that were inoperable because there was no power available. Power is a part of ... Read More

Water Quality Testing: It’s Not Rocket Science!

Children draw safe water from their community's tap in Malawi.
Children draw safe water from their community's tap in Malawi.

  We have previously written that Water Mission strongly supports the global shift of focus to “safely-managed” drinking water services. We believe all people deserve access to water that does not pose a risk to their health over a lifetime of use. From our founding, we have stressed the importance of ensuring that the water we supply is not only accessible, but safe. Of course, the only way to ensure that water is safe is to test it, even if it comes from a source that is assumed to be protected from outside contamination. Our experience ... Read More

Exposing the Hidden Groundwater Crisis with Remote Sensors

Groundwater is a critical resource for most people who live in rural areas of the world. To put it in perspective, around three in every five rural households in sub-Saharan Africa rely on aquifers accessed by hand dug or drilled wells as their primary water source. We have previously written that the common ideal of rural water supply in developing countries is shifting away from point-source handpumps towards higher volumes of water provided in more convenient locations, namely with higher-capacity groundwater pumping systems and piped distribution networks. While Water Mission supports this ideal and is actively working with government ... Read More

Faithful in the Storm

Hurricane Maria caused wide-spread damage on the island of Dominica.
Hurricane Maria caused wide-spread damage on the island of Dominica.

In a few coastal villages on the beautiful but devastated island of Dominica sit four Living Water Treatment Systems, installed in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria by Water Mission Engineer Nick Mason and a team from Samaritan’s Purse. Through these systems, clean and safe water pumps 18 hours a day, serving almost 7,000 people. Read More

Solar to Power Largest Sustainable Water Treatment Project in Tanzania

Solar-powered pumping is outpacing the productivity and sustainability of alternative methods.
Solar-powered pumping is outpacing the productivity and sustainability of alternative methods.

In early June, Water Mission shipped 780 solar panels to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as part of the world’s largest solar-powered, safe water treatment project. Our massive project will serve over 250,000 Congolese and Burundian people living in three refugee settlements in Western Tanzania. The SolarWorld panels specified for the massive-scale engineering project are critical for the long-term success and operation of the installed systems that will keep safe water flowing for the refugees. Read More