How We Work

We invest the money we raise into organizations with years of experience to build sustainable, community-owned water projects around the world. Our team works closely to ensure that every dollar is accounted for and then provides reports back to our donors. Learn about our approach, the solutions we fund and our partners on the ground.

Our Progress

We're passionate about solving the water crisis in our lifetime, using 100% of all public donations to fund water projects, and proving where every dollar goes with photos and GPS coordinates. Here's the progress we've made since we started working in 2006.


Water projects


People will get
clean water


Local partners



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Where We Work

We fund water programs in 28 countries around the globe - in Africa, Asia, Central and South America. Water scarcity, poverty, political stability and strong partner organizations all play a part in where we choose to work. We focus on providing rural communities with their first access to clean water.

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Stories From The Field

Our time in the field gives us a personal view on what it's like to get clean water for the first time. The mothers, children and communities that we’ve met inspire our ideas and, often times, solutions. Every one of them has a story worth sharing.

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The Next Step in Sustainability

Working with local leaders to keep water flowing is critical to our mission. In November 2015, charity: water started deploying cutting-edge sensors and cloud computing technology to provide real-time data on water system performance. Today, those sensors measure the flow of clean water and let us know how our projects are working at any given time.

We're still improving this technology. And we're sharing what we're learning. Our data is available publicly and we've open-sourced all the designs.

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