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Water for People

​Committee Leadership 

John Millspaugh
ARCADIS
Chair
(757) 419-3985
john.millspaugh@arcadis-us.com


Scott Shirley

Western Va Water Authority
Board Liaison
(540) 283-8270
scott.shirley@westernvawater.org

 

 

Water For People helps people in developing countries improve quality of life by supporting the development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education programs.

There's a big difference between the celebration for a new pump and for a pump that has lasted 20 years. We want communities to celebrate the latter. That's why we bring people, communities, organizations, local entrepreneurs, and local government together so that solutions last. Our methods may vary from one place to the next, but in each location water flows, toilets are used, infrastructure is eventually replaced using local resources, and communities no longer need NGOs or charities to raise themselves out of water poverty. So where others may see only the need for clean water and sanitation, we see a need for communities to pay a share of the cost, build motivation to care for their systems themselves and help information flow, so that we (and you) know what's working and what's not. Making it last isn't a slogan but a way of planning, financing, working, building capacity, and monitoring that eliminates dependence on charity.

We believe everyone should expect to have safe water every day. We want to help them in reaching that goal, for every family, every clinic and every school in the regions and districts where we work.

Our vision is a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation, a world where no one suffers or dies from a water- or sanitation-related disease. That vision is within reach and we hope you'll join us.

 

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