Water Matters

The latest on our work and those supporting it



Will desalination solve the water crisis?


Wednesday, January 10th, 2024by Jamie Heminway

This is another entry in a series answering questions from curious donors, website visitors, and casual commenters. As we’ve said before, it can be difficult for those who have always had water piped into their homes to understand what it’s like not to have water. We haven’t needed to trek long distances, brave harsh wilderness, […]

 

The Water Project Made Waves at the UNC Water and Health Conference 2023


Wednesday, November 29th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

Back in October, four members of The Water Project’s (TWP) staff attended the internationally recognized University of North Carolina (UNC) Water and Health Conference in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. As a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) nonprofit, The Water Project always gains significant knowledge from this conference, and this year was no different. But 2023 […]

 

Even in the Modern Era, Hand-Dug Wells Can Still Be the Best Choice


Wednesday, November 15th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

Nowadays, a quick Google search will tell you that hand-dug wells are reserved for homesteaders and historical reenactors — but that’s in the industrialized world. In sub-Saharan Africa, where people are often left to find their own water, it’s a totally different story. Hand-dug wells are still an important household source where water is not […]

 

The Water Project Recognized by Kenyan Government


Monday, October 9th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

On September 27, 2023, the National Government of Kenya signed a path-clearing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with The Water Project, a United States-based charity. 

 

Dreams of College and Careers: Why Water is Essential to Women’s Equality


Monday, August 28th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

Saturday, August 26th was National Women’s Equality Day in the United States — a holiday created in 1973 to commemorate women’s right to vote.  In the United States, women’s equality has made great strides, but there are still ways in which women are at a disadvantage. All inequality is worth addressing, of course. But it’s […]

 

The Power of Collaboration in Research: Unveiling New Insights 


Thursday, July 27th, 2023by Harnoor Kaur

Introduction: In our continuous pursuit of knowledge and improvement, The Water Project (TWP) has long relied on quarterly monitoring surveys to gather data on our water points. However, we recently embarked on a new venture by incorporating qualitative research for the first time. Our main goal was to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges […]

 

People, Places, and Puddles: Our Approach to Increasing Water Coverage


Thursday, July 20th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

Let’s say you’re a school-aged child in sub-Saharan Africa (hypothetically). You don’t have piped water at home. The Water Project has just visited your community and installed a new water point, where someone comes regularly to test the water and ensure it’s safe to drink. Under the best circumstances, the water source never goes dry, […]

 

7 Unconventional Ways to Combat Water Scarcity


Thursday, July 6th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

If more people practiced awareness regarding their household water usage, it would relieve pressure on local water resources, especially in water-stressed areas. But remembering to turn the faucet off while you brush your teeth won’t affect global policy. When you dig into the data on global water usage, you find that water is a political […]

 

Why would someone wash clothes or bathe in their own drinking water source?


Thursday, June 29th, 2023by Jamie Heminway

This is another entry in a series where we answer questions we’ve received from curious donors, website visitors, and casual commenters. As we’ve said before, it can be difficult for those who have always had water piped into their homes to understand what it’s like not to have water. We haven’t needed to trek long […]

 

The Ripple Effects of Carrying Water Long Distances


Thursday, June 22nd, 2023by Jamie Heminway

Worldwide, 26% of people (a total of 2 billion out of the world’s approximate 7.8 billion) must leave their homes to get water for their families.  To say this implies a simple daily journey from A to B and back again. But while this may be the case for some water fetchers, the trip is […]