About the Nonprofit Business
Planet Water Foundation is a nonprofit company with the purpose of bringing clean drinking water, water health, and hygiene education to communities around the world that do not have access to clean water. Based out of Arizona, the business focuses its mission on schools, children, and rural communities across the Asia-Pacific and Latin American regions.
To fulfill the mission of the business, Planet Water Foundation provides water filtration systems and educational tools to help areas that may have water where it is extremely contaminated. The nonprofit company then conducts sustainability visits every three months for a period of four years to ensure that the water quality is up to safety standards.
As a result, the nonprofit company has been able to service more than 2.3 million people in 15 countries, reaching more than 1,285 communities. Additionally, the business has a huge network of more than 13,000 corporate volunteers and partners, including Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Columbia, JPMorgan, and MasterCard.
Planet Water Foundation’s Project 24
Today, which is World Water Day, the business completed its seventh Project 24 initiative. Project 24 was a week-long initiative created by the nonprofit company, with the assistance of corporate partners, to bring educational tools and water filtration systems to the underserved global communities.
This year, the business was able to service 19 communities, resulting in 34,200 people across five countries, and provided an AquaTower, a water filtration system that removes bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and other contaminants with additional handwashing stations, to each recipient community. In addition, all recipient communities received Planet Water Foundation’s Hygiene Education program to teach healthy hygiene habits to create behavioral change.
Mark Steele, CEO and founder of the nonprofit company, said, “This past year has been especially challenging due to Covid-19, but we continue to make a much needed impact in the communities where we operate thanks to the support of our donor partners...We have adapted our solutions to provide an even greater impact this year, with all beneficiary schools receiving one year’s supply of hand soap, and additional educational materials to reflect the increased importance of proper handwashing.”
A business like Planet Water Foundation has an admirable mission as clean water may not be a readily available resource for many people around the world. The United Nations reported that 1.2 billion people globally live in severely water-constrained agricultural areas, and more than 2 billion people live in countries that experience high water stress. Furthermore, the United States Bureau of Reclamation claims that 3% of the Earth’s water is fresh, and only 0.5% is available freshwater.
About the Author
McKenzie Carpenter is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a B.A.A. in Integrative Public Relations and French. McKenzie has previously worked for small businesses and nonprofit organizations.