Our work must be sustainable to really make a difference in the water crisis.
When a charity: water project is finished, the community that received it shouldn’t need help from us – or any other external agency – ever again. That’s why we invest in a maintenance model in each area we work. This can mean appointing and training a water committee, partnering with the local government for repair options or setting the community up to pay local mechanics for any needed repairs.
We don’t put a timeline on how long a project will last because we believe the community and the local support structure – the local government, the private sector and community committees – should gain the skills and resources to ensure their water and sanitation facilities are maintained, repaired, and eventually replaced.
Right now, we're piloting a brand new technology with help from our friends at Google to measure water flow in live time and to ensure we know with confidence that every charity: water project is working. Read more on this new technology and how we plan to use it to ensure sustainability.