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Iguasu Falls, Argentina.   © Alison M. Jones

Call to Action from NWNL: To become involved in providing solutions to water needs, locally or globally, see the list of organizations on this page. Remember – it’s too late to be a pessimist!

“No matter what the issue is, it has to be handled at the grass roots. When you take part in something, even though that movement may lose, the juices start flowing and you feel you count.” — Studs Terkel

“Twenty years from now, you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.” – Mark Twain


Blue Planet Network: Jin Zidell, founder of Blue Planet Run, an awareness raising event in 2007, has expanded this nonprofit’s reach using a Peer Water Exchange (PWX). They now work with 105 water NGO’s in 27 countries, empowering 2,400 communities with access to sustainable, safe drinking water. Their goal is to enable safe drinking water for 200,000,000 people in the next 20 years by working with water project implementers, committed community members, water authorities, advocates, philanthropies, businesses and an informed and committed public.

CARE: This humanitarian organization helps whole families and entire communities escape poverty by protecting and increasing access to clean water resources.

Clean Water Action is the nation’s leading grassroots environmental campaign organization, with more than 1 million members nationwide. Clean Water Action has been a leader in protecting America’s waters, the public health and empowering people to take charge of their environmental future.

Charity: Water: Charity: Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations.

Clean Water Action is the nation’s leading grassroots environmental campaign organization, with more than 1 million members nationwide. Clean Water Action has been a leader in protecting America’s waters, the public health and empowering people to take charge of their environmental future.

EarthEasy: Drought-tolerant planting, lawn alternatives and Xeriscape benefits are addressed by this website. Its online store and newsletters are useful for those living in arid areas and all who concerned about water conservation.

Imagine H2O, a national non-profit, inspires and empowers people to solve water problems. They offer prize competitions and incubation and mentoring support to help innovators and entrepreneurs turn great ideas into real-world solutions that ensure available clean water and sanitation.

The Izaac Walton League of America: Founded in 1922, this group has 250 US chapters supporting community watershed initiatives from wetlands conservation to invasive species removal. They focus on the Mississippi River Basin, Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, create stream monitoring groups, and offer publications, webcasts and workshops.

KickStart: A non-profit organization that develops and markets new technologies in Africa. The greatest impact comes from their manual irrigation pumps.

Laundry List: The “washing revolution” promoted by this online organization includes tips and resources for those who want to hang clothes to dry, use the least polluting detergents and hand wash their clothes in cold water. To be inspired, see NWNL Director Alison Jones’s photos of Laundry Lines in Portugal.

Living Lands & Waters coordinates cleanups with thousands of volunteers each year collecting tons of garbage from the Mississippi, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. LL&W also gives educators hands-on experience and provides free curriculum to use in their classrooms, and assists with tree plantings and other key conservation efforts.

Population Services International (PSI) addresses the health of poor and vulnerable people in the developing world, via social marketing of health products, services and communications. PSI combats diarrheal disease by educating individuals about purifying drinking water in the home, practicing improved hygiene and sanitation, and offering treatment because diarrhea prevention is much better than treatment with oral rehydration salts.

Project WET: Its mission is to reach children, parents, educators, and communities of the world with water education via publications, training workshops, global networking and community events.

Save the Children: From emergency relief to long-term development, Save the Children helps children to achieve a happy, healthy and secure childhood.

Terra Pass: This social enterprise provides a carbon footprint calculator and provides individuals and businesses a simple way to off-set car/airplane emissions and home/office energy usage, thus become more responsible guardians of earth’s natural resources. This project draws attention to unsafe and inadequate water supplies and raises funds to help fight lack of accessible, safe water supplies in developing countries.

Water Aid: Its mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education.

Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG): Run by Rotary International, this program’s 1000 projects in 100 countries involve 7,000 Rotary clubs around the globe. A 2010 Technology Entertainment and Design (TEDx) talk titled Why? explains how WASRAG is helping the UN MDG reduce by one-half the people with insufficient safe water and sanitation.

Water Footprint Network: The water footprint of a nation shows the total volume of water used to produce the goods and services consumed by its inhabitants. The water footprint of an individual, community or business is the total volume of freshwater that produces the goods and services consumed by individuals or communities or produced by businesses. WFP promotes sustainable, fair and efficient water usage worldwide via corporate and nonprofit partnerships and their manual.

Water for People helps communities in developing countries develop access to locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs.

Water is Life provides clean water, sanitation and hygiene programs, including water filtration and drilling of water wells. Water is Life has distributed tens of thousands of personal water filters in 33 countries worldwide, as well as distributed filters during disaster relief initiatives through USAID.

WaterHealth International: WHI offers an immediately deployable strategy for processing healthy drinking water in underserved communities, purifying affordable water sources to WHO-quality drinking water standards.

Sanitation First: Formerly known as Wherever the Need, this group promotes dry, cheap GroSan composting toilets that separate liquids from solids that can be safely used as fertilizer for agriculture – all without chemicals.

Women for Water Partnership (WfWP), with its member organizations and partners, assists women in more than 130 countries to create healthier and more productive lives for their families and their communities. WfWP promotes women’s empowerment, and gender equality for women and girls, while helping local women’s groups address challenges related to water, sanitation and sustainable development.

WorldHealth International: Its mission is to provide sustainable access to clean, safe water to all, including the poorest communities.

[Updated May 8, 2017]