Pure Water for the World

http://www.purewaterfortheworld.org Established 1999 Member since 2009

Mission and Vision

Lack of clean, safe drinking water is a global problem that we're helping to solve. We help the rural poor in developing countries have clean, safe drinking water, giving them health and hope that leads to opportunity.


The roots of PWW began in 1994 when a dentist from the Brattleboro, Vermont Rotary Club volunteered to go to a small Salvadoran village to provide medical services. He was moved by the poor living conditions and vowed to make a difference and do something. With the support of his Rotary Club he decided to help the people by providing rural villages with potable water. The success and interest of the club’s activities soon outgrew the capacity of the Rotary Club. As a result, Pure Water for the World, Inc. was set up as a 501(c) (3) organization to carry out this important humanitarian effort in 1999.
PWW worked to identify a system that would best fit the demands of the rural villages and the people that the organization first sought to serve. After much effort and investigation PWW focused on individual sand filters that would go into each families home and PWW developed an educational component and follow up to insure the success of the installed sand filters. Although the initial efforts were in El Salvador, most of the recent efforts have been in Honduras and Haiti. PWW is now expanding into other countries after being recognized as the leading organization dealing with providing clean, safe drinking water to the rural populations. The household sand filters have made a huge difference in the villages, schools and homes where PWW has been able to install them. Where filters are in use the crying from stomach pains, death, and poor school attendance are a thing of the past.

Project History Details

PWW has now installed point-of-use filters to serve more than 732,000 people. We have projects operating throughout Honduras, Haiti, and have completed projects in El Salvador and Guatemala. We have 31 people working in country on our projects plus trained volunteers.
Our program emphasizes education as a critical component of any program trying to provide clean, safe drinking water. We also provide hygiene and sanitation education, parasitic treatment and follow up monitoring. Besides slow sand filters for individuals and community based sand filters, PWW has also done solar pasteurization, and is looking at setting up a rain water harvesting program. We are expanding the technologies that we bring to each situation so that we can provide cost effective and appropriate technologies to solve the problems of that community.

Total WASH Budget

$500,000 - 999,999

The lives of 29,596 people in 2 countries have been impacted.

Improved Drinking Water


across 11 projects

Improved Sanitation


across 5 projects



across 3 projects

Pure Water for the World
P.O. Box 55
Rutland, VT 05702
United States

  • Jamin Gelder
    Program Manager
  • Mario Goeb
    Project manager
  • Carolyn Meub

Projects in:   Haiti   Honduras  

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gravity-fed rain water system


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