CLEAN DRINKING WATER TEAM

We Make the Impossible Potable

WEST PALM BEACH, FL   |  www.cleandrinkingwaterteam.org

Mission

We deliver clean drinking water solutions to poor rural communities. Our projects provide clean drinking water and help restore pride and dignity in the community.

Ruling year info

2018

Principal Officer

Rick Miessau

Main address

7601 CLARKE RD

WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33406 USA

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EIN

82-3636663

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Other Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness, and Relief N.E.C. (M99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over one billion people in the world lack access to clean drinking water. Following a natural disaster international relief often addresses the main population centers and forgets the small outlying rural communities. These communities often lack the resources to manage, filter or construct a delivery system for to meet their basic water needs. When people lack access to clean drinking water they typically expend large efforts manually fetching water. Fetching water is often undertaken by women and children thus taking them from the workforce or taking them from school. Drinking and bathing in contaminated water leads to sickness and disease spread throughout the community.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Cuba Water Filter Project

installing and maintaining drinking water filter systems in Cuba. Our filter systems produce 500 gallons per day supplying 20,000 gallons of clean drinking water per month to over 1,000 people.

Population(s) Served

During 2016-2019 we are working in the Nuwakot District of Nepal in the communities of Kabilash, Aapchour and Dokhar Bari installing wells, water collection systems, water tanks and pumps to deliver clean drinking water. We have served over 1,500 people todate.

Population(s) Served

In 2018-2019 we are installing clean drinking water filters at the Our Little Roses Ministry, orphanage for girls in San Pedro Sula Honduras.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our organization analyzes water conditions in a community, assembles a water coordination board of representative from the community and helps coordinate solutions to address the drinking water needs for the community. We identify the resources needed and then partner with the community to implement a suitable, sustainable solution. Our projects often include constructing wells, pumps, water storage tanks, water delivery pipes, public water faucets, and water filter systems. We help raise funds to purchase materials and locate local workers to construct and maintain the system once it is completed. Our goals focus on removing obstacles and making incremental progress. We offer support for 3 years after the project is completed to ensure the community can maintain and expand the systems as needed.

Our strategy is to coordinate a board of representatives consisting of men, women and village leaders. We involve the entire community in finding solutions. Our projects often require use of land held by individuals to install wells or lay pipes that will serve the entire community. We provide education and technical expertise to engineer sustainable solutions suitable to meet the capabilities of the community using local resources. We raise funds to help acquire the resources needed in combination of labor and financial support form the community to ensure local ownership of the solution. A critical element is to ensure we protect the dignity of the community and observe local culture to help increase pride in the community and instill a realization of self sufficiency.

Our organization consists of a team of volunteers that bring decades of experience in engineering, water science, water resource management, environmental science, resource management and an array of technology skills. We enlist volunteers on each project that bring local knowledge, language and cultural knowledge. We enlist support from manufacturers and distributors of water equipment supplies. Our board members personally donate each year to cover all administrative costs for the organization. 100% of all donations go directly to our projects. We publish all data to ensure transparency and to share with other organizations. Each project includes 100's of photos, videos, blogs and testimonials. We publish monthly finance reports detailing every donation and expense. In the past 3 years we have completed drinking water projects in Honduras, Cuba, Nepal.

Since our founding we have completed (1) water filter project in Honduras at an all girls orphanage, (7) water filter projects in Cuba which were coordinated with the Episcopal Bishop of Cuba, (6) community water projects in the Kabilash Department region of Nepal, three hours outside Kathmandu. We have provided clean drinking water to over 4,000 people. We also provided donated laptops to (2) schools in Nepal establishing the first computer lab in the region. We also arranged for an emergency food delivery to a foodbank in Nepal during the COVID-19 outbreak, securing food for 100 people. We have established trusting relationships with local representatives in each community we assisted who continue to communicate with us ensuring the continued operation of the water solutions. Our best examples are when a community we help expands the system we helped start and when they extend their help to a neighboring community, paying it forward. We have seen this happen in several villages in Nepal and our work has been highlighted in Nepali newspapers.

In 2020 we hope to establish a new project with a Bahamian community in need of water filtration to help reduce the dependence on bottled water. We continue to reach-out to communities in the USA in hopes we can find a domestic water project. We are monitoring conditions in Nepal where we had plans to begin working in a new community and lead a group trip in November.

Financials

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CLEAN DRINKING WATER TEAM

Board of directors
as of 5/22/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Richard Miessau


Board co-chair

Madhav Pandey

Richard Miessau

Robert Brown

Madhav Pandey