The Pipeline to Overcoming the Water Crisis

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Posted by Jess Estrada on
Fri, 09/26/2014

As we wrap up the Students Rebuild Water Challenge, our partner charity: water discusses one of the biggest obstacles to overcoming the water crisis and how your work is helping provide much-needed solutions to water safety and sustainability around the world.


Over the past few weeks, Students Rebuild has generously shared their blog space with charity: water to lay out all of our innovative approaches to tackling the water crisis. To date, we’ve brought clean water to 4.2 million people, and we believe that we’ll end the water crisis in our lifetime.

There’s one major obstacle in the way of our goal: wear and tear. Eventually everything breaks, and wells are no exception. The numbers differ, but everyone agrees that huge amounts of wells are no longer functioning. (Current estimates are around 1 in 3 or 27%).

charity: water does not accept this. Our goal is to keep the water flowing. In 2014 we created Pipeline as a way to make clean water a sustainable goal.

Our generous donors opt into Pipeline for $35/month or more and join the movement to keep wells up and running. Their monthly donations provide local maintenance and repairs, tools and training.  

charity: water finds local mechanics to support and service between 50-100 water projects each. We equip them with tools, spare parts, bikes, fuel and salaries so that they can effectively serve their communities. When a water project breaks, these specialists are called to the rescue.

Google is another amazing partner of ours. They provided us with a $5 million grant to create our first-ever remote sensor! These innovative sensors attach to our wells and measure how much water is flowing from them. When something breaks or gets clogged, we know right away! We’ll expand the remote sensor reach to all of our projects over time, but for now it’s a great launching point for our field technicians to know exactly where they’re needed most.

charity: water would like to extend a final thank you to Bezos Family Foundation, Students Rebuild, and everyone who made paper beads to fund our work in Tanzania. None of the 11,000+ water projects we’ve built would be possible without passionate donors like you to further our work.  You’re incredible!


The Students Rebuild Water Challenge, in partnership with charity: water and Global Nomads Group, is helping bring clean, safe drinking water to those who need it most. Every 20 handmade beads provides access to clean water for one person in a village. This school year, your handmade beads will provide more than 16,000 people clean water in Tanzania because the Bezos Family Foundation through Students Rebuild has matched your beads with funding for 41 water projects that serve schools and communities.