News, Press & Perspectives

Find the latest news and press releases about our work in the water and sanitation sector below. 

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TubeFilter - Ryan Trahan’s latest penny challenge raised $400,000 for Water.org

July 7, 2023

Ryan Trahan successfully made it back to America in just one week, starting from one penny. And he raised more than $400,000 for Water.org in the process.

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ABC - Power of Water: Mexico’s water warriors

April 19, 2023

ABC News’ Linsey Davis travels to Mexico to see firsthand the silent water crisis happening around the world, and speaks with Co-founder Matt Damon about his push to get access to clean water for all.

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Fortune - Climate change is exacerbating the global water crisis. Corporations must be part of the solution

March 22, 2023

771 million people around the world don't have access to safe water. 1.7 billion do not have a toilet. But there are solutions that work.

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SDG Media Zone | United Nations - Matt Damon on "Breaking through to a Water-secure Planet"

March 22, 2023

Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, interviews Water.org Co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White.

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EuroNews - Clean water shortages steal women’s time. Here’s what happens when they get it back.

March 8, 2023

Water.org's Senior Knowledge Analyst, Zehra Shabbir, contributes to a conversation about why the water crisis is a woman's crisis.

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UN Today - No smoke on the water

March 1, 2023

Co-founders of Water.org, Matt Damon and Gary White on global water inequality.

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How many people are affected by the global water crisis?

Feb. 22, 2024

While there are many statistics that demonstrate the severity of this critical issue, Water.org identifies the collective number of people impacted by the global water crisis in two ways. Read more from Heather Arney, Water.org Global Director, Insights.

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Water.org Reaches 60 Million People with Access to Safe Water or Sanitation

Nov. 7, 2023

Water.org is pleased to announce that 60 million people around the world can now access safe water or sanitation. This achievement highlights the efficacy of the organization’s core solution, WaterCredit, in addressing Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6) – making safe water and sanitation available to everyone everywhere.

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The Hollywood Reporter - Bezos Earth Fund, Water.org Team on $10M Effort to Improve Safe Water Infrastructure (Exclusive)

Oct. 19, 2023

The Bezos Earth Fund is giving a $10 million grant to Water.org to improve water systems in developing countries that are disproportionally impacted by climate change. The funding aims to reduce water and energy waste and create lasting infrastructure for 20 million people.

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Health flows from safe water

Oct. 5, 2023

The health of people around the world starts with access to safe water and sanitation. Read a piece originally published on Impakter from Water.org Insights Lead, Southeast Asia, Kiki Tazkiyah, about four ways we can see safe water improve health holistically and protect and save lives.

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Systems Catalyst Podcast - Uniting Philanthropy and Capital Markets with Water.org

Aug. 21, 2023

Philanthropy and the private sector haven’t always known how to work together. On the Systems Catalyst Podcast, Water.org co-founder and CEO, Gary White, shares how we can collaborate to solve our world's more pressing issues.

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Water is connected to every global goal

July 28, 2023

Global access to safe water is fundamental to solving the most pressing social challenges of our time - the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more from Lina Bonova, Chief Revenue Officer.

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TubeFilter - Ryan Trahan’s latest penny challenge raised $400,000 for Water.org

July 7, 2023

Ryan Trahan successfully made it back to America in just one week, starting from one penny. And he raised more than $400,000 for Water.org in the process.

Read more
ABC - Power of Water: Mexico’s water warriors

April 19, 2023

ABC News’ Linsey Davis travels to Mexico to see firsthand the silent water crisis happening around the world, and speaks with Co-founder Matt Damon about his push to get access to clean water for all.

Read more
Fortune - Climate change is exacerbating the global water crisis. Corporations must be part of the solution

March 22, 2023

771 million people around the world don't have access to safe water. 1.7 billion do not have a toilet. But there are solutions that work.

Read more
SDG Media Zone | United Nations - Matt Damon on "Breaking through to a Water-secure Planet"

March 22, 2023

Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, interviews Water.org Co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White.

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AWS - Innovating with AWS will help us solve the world's water crisis in our own lifetimes

March 22, 2023

A new AWS-based learning management system will make it easier for Water.org to enable access to safe water to people living in poverty around the world.

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EuroNews - Clean water shortages steal women’s time. Here’s what happens when they get it back.

March 8, 2023

Water.org's Senior Knowledge Analyst, Zehra Shabbir, contributes to a conversation about why the water crisis is a woman's crisis.

Read more