Why are we concerned about providing clean water systems?

According to UNICEF and the World Health Organization[1], hundreds of millions of people worldwide still use unimproved drinking water sources, including unprotected wells and springs, and surface water. Nearly half of them live in sub-Saharan Africa, while one fifth live in Southern Asia. This leaves millions of people without a reliable source of safe drinking water and susceptible to waterborne disease.

How did we get started in clean water projects?

In 2010 our first water ministry partner, Design Outreach, approached us about creating a monitoring system that could monitor the health of their LifePump™, installed in remote locations in Africa. We took on the challenge and created the spigot-mounted remote water monitoring system for pumps. As word spread, other ministries approached us about monitoring their clean water systems. So we repackaged the monitor for pumps into a unit that could be used in a wider variety of water system applications.

Does monitoring really make a difference?

One of our partners installed a remote water monitoring unit on a clean water system in a remote village in the Ecuadorian jungle. The water system failed one day. The village gathered together to decide what to do. They decided to send one man to the offices of our partner to inform them of the problem. After an eight-hour walk through the jungle and a four-hour bus ride, this special envoy finally arrived at his destination. In the meantime, our partner had noticed the water system failure and had already pulled out the schematics to begin the troubleshooting process. The village envoy arrived just in time to learn about possible failures and their repair procedures, and collect the equipment needed to restore the flow of clean water in record time. Does monitoring really make a difference? It did for this village.

How does this advance the Gospel?

We believe that everyone in this world should have the opportunity to hear the Good News about Jesus dying on the cross for them. Clean water projects help meet the physical needs of those people, which then builds trust and opens doors of opportunity to share the Gospel and meet their spiritual needs. We fully subscribe to the words from Jesus, that “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-15 NIV)

[1] World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). (2015) Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2015 Update and MDG Assessment.

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