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20 Liters

20 Liters Makes Dirty Water Clean.

aka 20 Liters

Grandville, MI


The mission of 20 Liters is to make dirty water clean for the most vulnerable using long-lasting and innovative solutions. 20 Liters exists to both educate and engage the developed world around the need for clean water and to empower local communities in the developing world to meet their clean water needs through sustainable technologies. Our values are rooted in a desire to partner with the most vulnerable to empower their communities with sustainable solutions to support a basic human right – access to clean water. A word about our name, 20 Liters. Across the world, it's common for people to carry a 20-liter jerry can to a water source to collect dirty water. Making our name a constant reminder of the people and the lives we work to change every day.

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Managing Director

Chip Kragt

Development Director

Amanda Mulder

Main Address

3501 Fairlanes Ave Sw

Grandville, MI 49418 USA


Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) with a focus on filtration





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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We envision a world where clean water isn't just a basic need, it's a basic right.

We believe every community should have the appropriate solutions and training to make their own water sources clean.

20 Liters is committed to providing a situation specific solutions that provide long-term impact for those we serve. Over the years, our staff and volunteers have identified three primary solutions that are used to make clean water more accessible to members of the communities we serve. These solutions include SAM2 “Community" Filters, SAM3 “Household" Filters, and Rain Water Harvest Systems.

Our SAM2 Filters [better known as a “Community Filters"] are large-capacity sand-and-membrane filters that can provide clean water to 400 people each day. Primarily installed in health clinics or schools, these filters are accessible to all members of the local community. The filter requires no electricity to function, making it the ideal solution for rural areas that lack electricity. Each school and clinic is taught how to use and maintain the filter, empowering them to be self-sufficient and address their own needs. Local volunteers check on the filters regularly and will make special trips when called to provide additional maintenance.

Through our SAM3 Filter (better known as a “Household Filter"), 20 Liters increases household access to clean water. This smaller version of the SAM2 filter is placed in households for a family and their neighbors. Each household receives a 3-hour training on the working of the filter and health and hygiene lessons. Local volunteers are assigned to each family to follow-up 4 times within the first 6 months. Families are also provided a phone number of the lead volunteer in case they experience any issues with the filter. These filters have an estimated lifespan of at least 10 years if properly maintained.

Finally, through our Rain Water Harvest Systems, 20 Liters helps to shorten the daily walk for water in communities we serve. Rwanda has a long rainy season that provides 40 to 50 inches of rain a year—and it only takes 5 inches of rain to fill a 10,000-liter cistern like those we install as a part of our Rain Water Harvest Systems (RWHS). We place these tanks at local churches, since they are often closer to people's homes than the river or swamp, reducing the time spent traveling to collect water from other sources. Churches sell the water at an affordable rate and use the income to maintain the system. Remaining funds are administered by the churches, which often use them as a benevolence fund for the poorest members of the community for medical bills, school fees, uniforms, and other unaffordable costs.

We bring a decade of experience in the WASH sector, partnered with a robust volunteer network in the US and Rwanda.

A diverse supporter network of individuals, grant-makers and business partners keep us strong and allow us to innovate.

Our technologies work anywhere, with no moving parts and no electricity needed.

We form the right partnerships with local agencies to gain the community buy-in critical to our long-term success.

We measure and evaluate our whole cycle.

Baseline surveys provide a clear picture of the community need as well as current awareness, behaviors, and resources.

Surveys performed within 6 months of initial training and distribution measure initial impact and retention.

Surveys performed after more than a year indicate long-term trends and behavior changes.

Data from local health clinics indicate changes in waterborne disease and diarrhea rates.

From 2012 to 2016 we exceeded our goal and reached 88,500 people in five sectors with clean water.

We provided health and hygiene training to 130 local volunteers, 35 community health workers, and 8,440 families.

We provided 29 community filters to schools and health clinics. We built 67 rainwater harvesting systems that shorten the walk for water to more than 35,000 people.

96.8% of families report improved health. 88% of families with school children report an increase in attendance. 86% of families report saving $1 or more per month because of the filter.

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