Our 2019 Annual Report highlights the many ways that Safe Water Network is overcoming implementation challenges, policy barriers, and market fragmentation to build resilience through small water enterprises. It describes the progress we’re making in Ghana, India, and globally to catalyze an active market for sustainable safe water supply for vulnerable communities around the world. We appreciate the support of our many champions who make this work possible. Click here to learn more about what we are doing to reach those most in need of safe water.


One billion. That’s how many people today are living without safe, reliable water, and who are beyond the reach of large infrastructure. The need is enormous. That’s why Safe Water Network was formed more than a decade ago, committed to bringing safe, reliable, and affordable water to those in most need. With our field-demonstrated small water enterprises, we are operating at scale in India and Ghana, and have already impacted more than one million lives in 400+ communities. We’re continually optimizing the proposition, building the evidence base, and developing the tools and training programs needed to enable cost-effective replication. Working with implementers, development agencies, and other partners, we’re ready for “breakthrough” impact—bringing the approach to global scale. Through collaboration, we can together reach many millions with an affordable, reliable supply of safe water. Click here to learn more about Safe Water Network’s initiatives to scale up small water enterprises. 

Our History

Safe Water Network was co-founded in 2006 by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, along with prominent civic and business leaders. In 2008 Safe Water Network established field offices in Accra, Ghana and New Delhi in India.

Our team of local water experts began laying the groundwork for an approach to developing the community capability to own and manage Safe Water Stations. Today our country teams oversee field initiatives, host forums and workshops, as well as produce publications and research about our work. An esteemed international board comprised of leading water authorities and business leaders contributes to an increasingly influential organization focused on empowering communities around the world to overcome the challenges to local sustainability.