Over 1 billion people in the world are without reliable access to clean water. This is the main driver of poverty today.

The solution to this alarming crisis has been around since 1808 here in the United States—when the first artesian well was drilled in South Carolina. Water collects in underground aquifers. Children die mere feet from this life-giving resource simply because their community has no means to access the water.

Wellspring of change

The causes of poverty are reported as being intricate and complicated. What is remarkably simple however is the immediate effect of the water well.

"Today’s world possesses the means to bring water to one billion thirsty people with this simple application."

Women and children no longer serve as beasts of burden, carrying infected water an average of three miles each day. Sickness and death no longer stalk this community, and children can attend school. The water well forms the very backbone of the rural community, providing health, hope and the road out of poverty.

With the installation of a borehole water well, communities are trained to maintain the well. The hand pump is the main component of the water well. Its success lies in the fact that it is relatively easy to operate and maintain with a few spare parts; and is a standard issue across the developing world. With simple maintenance, a single water well can provide water for multiple decades with minimum cost to repair and maintain.

Today’s world possesses the means to bring water to one billion thirsty people with this simple application. The question remains, does it have the desire to do so?