We’ve worked alongside communities in Ghana and India since 2008, providing over a quarter of a million people daily access to safe water. We provide the training, tools and support to ensure the system can be locally managed and operated. Customers pay a nominal amount to ensure financial sustainability. 

Key aspects to our model include:

We’ve worked alongside communities in Ghana and India since 2008, providing over a quarter of a million people daily access to safe water. We provide the training, tools and support to ensure the system can be locally managed and operated. Customers pay a nominal amount to ensure financial sustainability. 

Key aspects to our model include:

Local Source Water

Local Source Water

Each Safe Water Station draws from contaminated rivers, ponds or lakes. We work with communities to ensure these sources are managed to provide water for many generations to come.

Treatment Technology

Treatment Technology

We assess each community’s water sources to identify their specific water-related contaminants. This allows us to use an appropriate, low-cost technology that purifies the water.

Local Owner/Operator

Local Owner/Operator

Before launching, we provide local operators with the training and tools to manage and operate Safe Water Stations. We also provide ongoing support and teach them how to become community advocates of safe water usage.

Active Consumer Base

Active Consumer Base

Although rural communities in Ghana and India are poor, we view people as consumers, not beneficiaries. We have developed educational programs and marketing campaigns explaining the benefits of safe water usage. We also provide convenient and reliable safe water for a nominal price. 

Maintenance Reserves

Maintenance Reserves

Water is sold to the community at an affordable price. This revenue is used to pay for the operating costs of running and maintaining the Safe Water Station. This overcomes a key obstacle to sustainability because many systems fail due to not having the money to pay for repairs or to perform routine maintenance.

Bringing the model to scale

Our Safe Water Stations are thriving at the local level. Today we are rolling out clusters of Stations to demonstrate that this approach can be broadly replicated across Ghana and India.

View Our Progress in Ghana & India

24/7 Technical Support

We are developing the support structure to service geographic clusters of Safe Water Stations. This includes a cost-effective supply chain managed by qualified technicians providing technical support and ongoing maintenance. Spare parts will be regionally available to reduce system downtime. Aspects of this support include:

Technical Services

Quality Assurance

Remote Monitoring

Supply Chain Strengthening

Technical Services

Technical Services

Safe Water Network’s experienced engineers provide technical assistance to our field initiatives as well as to other organizations facing water challenges. This support involves both direct assistance and training. We have documented all aspects of our approach and have created a comprehensive set of manuals, toolkits and other aids, including tablet-based marketing messaging for communities and organizations.

The technical services capability of a cluster-level field service entity will play an important role in keeping Safe Water Stations operating properly for the long-term.

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance

Safe Water Network has established water-quality protocols to ensure that our Safe Water Stations produce consistent water that meets or exceeds World Health Organization standards. Created with the help of Underwriters Laboratories, the global independent safety science organization, these protocols have been tested and refined in the field.

Such protocols play a critical role in establishing a standard across a cluster of Safe Water Stations. Field technicians will be trained to maintain such standards to ensure that water quality meets or exceeds World Health Organization standards.

Remote Monitoring

Remote Monitoring

Our remote monitoring capability provides on-site 24/7 data collection that is uploaded via satellite and transmitted to trained operators who can address issues before they become major problems. Remote monitoring is cost-effective and is designed to operate in harsh conditions often found in rural, off-grid communities.

Remote monitoring also plays an important role in keeping a cluster of Safe Water Stations running smoothly. 

Supply Chain Strengthening

Supply Chain Strengthening

Safe Water Network is working with both the public and private sectors to create an environment for government, water suppliers, technicians, marketers and entrepreneurs to collaborate in ways that accelerate the conditions required for investment, skills and local capacity to thrive. A critical mass must be achieved to assure the long-term viability of locally owned and managed Safe Water Stations.

For a healthy supply chain to sustain itself, it requires a critical mass and a revenue flow to cover working capital and inventory carrying costs. Safe Water Network's cluster-based expansion is designed to create the geographic proximity to leverage the economies of scale to jump-start this operating support structure.