How we do it
World Vision develops the most appropriate safe water source for each community we work in. Some of the technologies we use include drilling deep wells to reach aquifers far below ground and hand-drilling wells when the water table is closer to the surface.
In larger communities, wells with a high water yield can be mechanized with solar pumps to reach more people. When fresh spring water is available, World Vision can protect and cap the spring to provide water to nearby communities. World Vision often uses rainwater-harvesting systems to provide clean water at schools.
World Vision’s model contributes to community ownership and training in maintenance of water points so that water continues to flow long after our work concludes. Because we invest an average of 15 years in a community, local people take ownership of the water points and learn how to repair them when they break down.
We establish water management committees to maintain and operate water points. These committees collect small fees to pay for repairs as needed — an approach that helps ensure communities have the knowledge and financial resources to keep their water points working smoothly.