News, Press & Perspectives

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

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Web Summit 2019 - Collaborating to end the water crisis

Nov. 4, 2019

Gary White joins Jaden Smith, founder of JUST water, and Paul O'Callaghan, founder of BlueTech Research, at Web Summit 2019 to share how Water.org provides innovative financial solutions to end the global water crisis.

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The Weather Channel - The Global Water Crisis and Water.org Solutions

June 5, 2019

The Weather Channel interviews Water.org's Vedika Bhandarkar on World Environment Day about what Water.org is doing to solve the global water crisis.

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Brunswick - Matt Damon and Gary White Turn On a Life-Saving Faucet

June 4, 2019

We believe the way to bring clean water and sanitation to the poor of the world at scale isn’t by drilling wells or installing toilets. Nor is it through charity alone. The solution is market-based financing.

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Water.org hits milestone, helping 10 million in India access safe water, sanitation

May 7, 2019

Water.org announces 10 million more people in India can now turn on a tap or use a toilet in their homes due to the access to small, affordable loans made possible through a solution known as WaterCredit, helping to narrow the gap in universal water and sanitation.

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The Pew Charitable Trusts - Water.Org’s Gary White and Matt Damon: Bringing Water to Those in Need

March 13, 2019

Interview with Co-founders Gary White and Matt Damon on how Water.org is bringing safe water and sanitation to the developing world.

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The Daily Show - Transforming Lives with Water.org and WaterEquity

March 21, 2018

Matt Damon and Gary White talk with Trevor Noah about their successful efforts to help millions of people in developing countries gain access to safe water.

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Water documentary featuring Matt Damon and Gary White premieres in Los Angeles

Nov. 27, 2019

Featuring Matt Damon, Gary White, Jaden Smith and other pioneers in the water sector, the Brave Blue World documentary paints an optimistic picture of how humanity is adopting new technologies and innovations to re-think how we manage water.

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Danone-AQUA and Water.org Push for Increased Access to Water

Nov. 21, 2019

Since 2016, this collaboration has supported 3 financial institutions in Central Java and East Java, Indonesia to distribute water and sanitation loans in 33 villages.

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Water.org partners with The BBVA Microfinance Foundation to provide access to safe water in Peru

Nov. 18, 2019

BBVA Microfinance Foundation and Water.org are working to bring access to safe water and sanitation to rural and peri-urban homes in Peru.

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Seeing the people we empower through a different lens

Nov. 8, 2019

Traveling around the world reveals we are more alike than different, however one thing stands out. Many people we meet lack access to safe water and sanitation. Read more from Benjamin Heath, a photographer who has supported our work for more than five years.

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Raconteur - Millions without water could pay for taps and toilets with affordable financing

Nov. 6, 2019

We believe that hundreds of millions of people who lack basic water services could pay for their own tap and toilet solutions if they simply had access to affordable financing.

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Web Summit 2019 - Collaborating to end the water crisis

Nov. 4, 2019

Gary White joins Jaden Smith, founder of JUST water, and Paul O'Callaghan, founder of BlueTech Research, at Web Summit 2019 to share how Water.org provides innovative financial solutions to end the global water crisis.

Watch here
SOCAP19 - Jennifer Schorsch on Building and Scaling an Impact Organization

Oct. 29, 2019

Water.org President Jennifer Schorsch shares her experience and what it takes to build and scale an organization that makes a big impact. Be clear on your purpose, aggressively innovate, fail forward and more.

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Micron Helps Water.org Connect 10,000 People in Need of Safe Water

Oct. 24, 2019

Micron Technology, Inc. will provide a $125,000 grant to Water.org. The grant from the Micron Foundation will give approximately 10,000 people access to safe water and sanitation and expand the reach of Water.org’s solution, empowering people through access to affordable financing.

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Innovation in Water and Sanitation Financing Funds more than 190,000 Loans in Indonesia

Oct. 9, 2019

Through loans distributed by Water.org's financial institution partners in Indonesia, more than 750,000 people now have access to water and sanitation.

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Reuters - Aquanomics: Water, Wall Street & Climate Change

Oct. 3, 2019

CEO & Co-founder Gary White speaks on a panel discussing entrepreneurial and innovative ways to connect people living in poverty with commercial capital markets to break down the barrier of access to affordable financing for water and sanitation.

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KC-based Water.org fills need with focus on poverty as a market to be served

Sept. 26, 2019

“The poor should not necessarily be seen as a problem to be solved but a market to be served,” Gary White told a recent crowd at the University of Missouri, highlighting the importance of microfinancing and smart solutions in the global water crisis.

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CNBC - Anheuser-Busch InBev and Water.org team up in water partnership

Sept. 25, 2019

Gary White, Water.org CEO & Co-founder, and Carlos Brito, Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO, join CNBC's ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss their partnership and how they’re helping people around the world get access to safe water.

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