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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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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5 ways affordable financing for safe water helps break the cycle of poverty

Feb. 21, 2023

The costs of temporary access to water keep millions of families around the world trapped in a cycle of poverty. Read from Water.org Chief Insights Officer, Dr. Rich Thorsten, about the five ways we've seen our smart solution to increase affordable access to safe water improve household finances.

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Impacting Our Future - Matt Damon and Gary White Want to Ease the Global Water Crisis With Innovation

Oct. 10, 2022

Actor Matt Damon and entrepreneur Gary White are fighting to change water crisis numbers.

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Amazon - Amazon will donate $10 million to help a million people get access to safe water

Sept. 20, 2022

Amazon will also help launch one of the largest private investment portfolios in water and climate, bringing lasting water access for 100 million people.

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Newsweek - Time to Rethink How We Get More People Safe Water

Sept. 20, 2022

Matt Damon, Gary White, and Kris Licht provide their perspective on what needs to be done to end the global water crisis.

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Talks at Google - The Worth of Water

July 5, 2022

Matt Damon & Gary White discuss their recent book "The Worth of Water: Our Story of Chasing Solutions to the World's Greatest Challenge", the incredible true story of two unlikely allies on a mission to end the global water crisis for good.

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American Society of Civil Engineers - Giving back without giving up

July 1, 2022

Gary White chatted with Civil Engineering about his advice for how civil engineers can give back to their communities by identifying social justice problems and developing solutions — just as he and his business partner, actor and Academy Award winner Matt Damon, are doing.

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CNBCi - Water.org co-founders talk safe water and a sustainable future with CNBCi's Tania Bryer

May 5, 2022

Watch as CNBCi's Tania Bryer speaks with Water.org Co-founders, Matt Damon and Gary White about the global water crisis as part of her Sustainable Future episode series.

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CNBC - Water.org co-founders Matt Damon, Gary White on investing in clean water access

April 28, 2022

Actor Matt Damon and Gary White, founders of nonprofit Water.org, join CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss how the organization has evolved in its mission to provide global access to clean water.

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GMA - Matt Damon opens up about his mission to end world water crisis in new book

April 28, 2022

The Oscar winner is out with a new book titled, “The Worth of Water,” written with co-author, Gary White.

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PBS Firing Line - Matt Damon and Gary White on the water crisis and microfinance

April 15, 2022

Oscar-winner Matt Damon and water expert Gary White discuss their goal to end the global water crisis for 771 million people in their lifetimes. They explain how they use microfinance and impact investing to help millions gain access to clean water.

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TIME - Matt Damon Wants You to Care About Water

March 29, 2022

Co-authors Gary White and Matt Damon speak about their experience founding Water.org, their work over the years, and the difficulties and occasional frustrations of trying to make people care about a crisis which, for many, is happening a world away.

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