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The Power of Water: A Father’s Story

Segundo and his family sit by their latrine.
Segundo and his family sit by their latrine.

Segundo Morcera and his family live in Nueva Reforma, Peru, a small village burrowed along the banks of the Yarina ravine, an offshoot of the Tapiche River. As a farmer, Segundo provides for his wife and four young children. Water is essential to his livelihood. Without sufficient rainwater, Segundo’s livestock and crops would deteriorate, and he would lose money needed to care for his family. Each day, he is up before dawn working his crops, trying to make ends meet. Read More

And They’re Off! Scotty’s Ride Begins

Scotty's Ride team takes off from the pier.
Scotty's Ride team takes off from the pier.

Scotty’s Ride for Water, the cross-country biking initiative focused on providing safe water to thousands of people around the world, has begun. After dipping their bike tires in the Pacific Ocean near the Santa Monica pier, 13-year-old Scotty Parker and his small team took off for the first day’s ride through LA. For six days now, they have been biking through the countryside of central California, putting as many miles between them and the west coast as possible. With 227 miles down, Scotty is on his way to reaching his goal of 3,300 miles. Read More

Pentair Invests $5 Million in Honduras Safe Water Project

A young girl collects safe water from a Water Mission safe water treatment system in Honduras.
A young girl collects safe water from a Water Mission safe water treatment system in Honduras.

Water Mission and Pentair recently announced our next initiative to deliver safe drinking water and improved sanitation to 150,000 people in Western Honduras. The $5 million project expands on Water Mission’s first collaborative effort with Pentair that began in 2007 and impacted over 300,000 lives in the Department of Colón, Honduras. The new initiative — Project Safe Water Western Honduras — represents ongoing contributions by both Water Mission and Pentair towards reaching U.N. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 6) number six, which focuses on ensuring safe water is available and sustainable for all by 2030. Read More

Safe Water for Hayani’s Family

A mother in Indonesia smiles after receiving safe water.
A mother in Indonesia smiles after receiving safe water.

Hayani, a 30-year-old mother of three young children, lives in the rural community of Terjun, Indonesia. For years, she woke up early to walk nearly three miles round trip every day to collect buckets of water for her household. In an effort to provide this basic necessity to her family, she was unknowingly giving them contaminated water that made them sick. Read More

Building Financial Sustainability

Financial sustainability is crucial to the success of Water Mission's safe water treatment system.
Financial sustainability is crucial to the success of Water Mission's safe water treatment system.

How does Water Mission plan for the long-term success of our safe water projects? How do we ensure that the essential life-giving water treatment equipment stays in operation for the next generation? In more technical lingo, what is Water Mission’s sustainability plan? Read More

IBM Brings Data Insight for Safe Water Sustainability

A family in Tanzania walk with buckets of water on their heads.
A family in Tanzania walk with buckets of water on their heads.

Around the world, an estimated 1.8 billion people lack access to safe water[1]. In addition, 2.4 billion people lack basic sanitation[2], and 842,000 people die every year from water-related diseases[3]. Access to water is important, but access alone is not enough. In the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, the United Nations recently extended its focus beyond accessibility to sustainability and service (SDG 6), prioritizing universal and equitable access to safe water and sanitation for all. Water Mission, on the other hand, has actually spent the past 16 years making these priorities a reality. Read More