For more than 10 years, Water Mission has been utilizing solar-powered water pumping to bring reliable safe water access to remote communities around the world.
Our experience and industry research have demonstrated that solar pumping solutions are both cost-effective and sustainable in the long term, offering technical and environmental advantages to communities.
But it can be challenging to get started. When solar-powered water systems fail, it’s primarily due to poor design and installation. This lack of technical expertise has been a barrier in adopting solar powered pumping solutions for many non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Community members stand near a solar-powered safe water project in VIlla Maria, Indiana, Peru.
To bridge this gap, Water Mission recently partnered ... Read More
2020 opened with the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic—introducing even more urgent needs for safe water and fresh challenges to providing that access. Yet with your support and prayers, Water Mission was able to serve more people in this difficult year than ever before.
Together, we delivered safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions to over 1.6 million people around the world. While we quickly developed new protocols and specific solutions to meet COVID-related needs, we also accelerated our ongoing work in rural communities, crowded refugee settings, and in response to natural disasters. Our 400 staff members, based at our U.S. headquarters and in nine permanent country ... Read More
Throughout 2020, Water Mission has highlighted the urgent need for safe water in the fight against a global pandemic and following natural disasters. In such emergencies, safe water becomes a scarce but desperately needed resource in sustaining life and preventing the spread of diseases.
Today, on World Toilet Day, Water Mission would like to call attention to more than 4.2 billion people who live without access to safe sanitation. This equates to over half of the global population.
Each year, November 19 is designated by the United Nations (UN) as World Toilet Day, a day designated to raise awareness of the 4.2 billion ... Read More
A year ago, Hurricane Dorian hit, devastating the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas. One of the largest Category 5 Atlantic hurricanes on record, its 185 mph sustained winds left more than 70,000 people homeless.
In any disaster response, the most common critical needs are food, shelter, and safe water. Without clean, safe water, operations cannot progress. Safe water is needed for everything, from drinking water to use in healthcare. After Dorian, water sources were not safe due to saltwater and other contaminates affecting the municipal water supply during temporary flooding from storm surge.
Water Mission’s Hurricane Dorian disaster response and engineering teams were on the ground within hours after the storm subsided, focused on meeting immediate needs and assessing challenges. Our teams worked to stabilize water sources utilizing reverse osmosis, a specialized water purification process that filters out contaminants and makes water safe to drink.
After Hurricane ... Read More
Every day, members of the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector seek to find solutions and strategies to put an end to the global water crisis, which leaves 2.2 billion people without access to clean, safe water.
Both urgent and enormous, this crisis can only be solved through strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations.
This past week, members of the Water Mission team had an opportunity to virtually collaborate with WASH industry professionals from more than 120 countries at the annual Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) World Water Week.
During the conference, I sat down with Lara Lambert, Water Mission’s director of community development, and Ritah Nakafeero, Water Mission’s community development manager in Uganda, to discuss their experience at this year’s virtual #WWWeek, and gather more insight about the importance of safe water enterprises (SWEs).
Pictured is an example of a solar-powered SWE in ... Read More
“It all started with an email,” said Water Mission CEO, George Greene IV, PE. It was 1998. Hurricane Mitch, now widely considered a “thousand-year storm,” stalled over Honduras for days, unleashing torrential rains and devastating floods that wiped away entire cities and communities. The Greene family understood the need for urgent relief, having personally endured Hurricane Hugo several years earlier. They also had personal family connections to Honduras.
George and Molly Greene pictured center, responding to the need for safe water after Hurricane Mitch
As news of the storm unfolded, George IV’s father, George Greene III, felt called to send an email ... Read More