Our Mission, Vision, and Approach

We have a big vision, to turn the number of people lacking access to safe water from 2,200,000,000 to 0, but we cannot do this alone. We believe that the way to eradicate the global water crisis is to work together and build capacity through collaboration. That’s why we are convening safe water organizations, corporate partners, governmental agencies, and millions of people just like you to work together to end the global water crisis.

With a spirit of openness and collaboration, the Global Water Center® is building consensus around best practices and standards for safe water. By sharing resources through Training, Equipping, and Supporting Services, we are increasing the effectiveness and scale of organizations in order to reach 2.2 billion people with safe water. Through universally accepted standards and its industry-wide monitoring platform, the Global Water Center® serves as the catalyst for a worldwide strategy, trust-building transparency, and outcome-based accountability needed to end the global water crisis and bring well-being to 2.2 billion people.

How We Define 2.2 Billion


Using the Joint Monitoring Programme’s (JMP) drinking water ladder, the Global Water Center® defines those lacking access to safe water as follows: Safely managed drinking water and sanitation services require that drinking water comes from sources located on-premises, free from contamination, and available when needed, and using hygienic toilets from which wastes are treated and disposed of safely. Today, 2.2 billion people do not have safely managed drinking water, and 4.2 billion lack access to adequate sanitation.

How We Define Safe Water


Simply put, the Global Water Center® defines safe water as water that has been tested and treated. Our training programs and our Discovery Center experiences go in-depth on the steps needed to achieve safe water. The global water crisis claims over 800,000 lives a year – 2,300 lives every day. We are on a mission to change that.

Our Leadership

The heart of our leadership is to maintain a spirit of openness and collaboration. Meet our leadership team and board members who are committed to ending the global water crisis.

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Discovery Center

Our state-of-the-art Discovery Center aims to inspire a movement of millions and raise awareness about the urgency of the global water crisis through multi-sensory experiences.

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Resource Center

Through training, equipping, and supporting services, the Resource Center builds consensus on standards and provides global monitoring for safe water projects around the world.

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