The moment clean water first gushes from a pump or faucet is a joyous turning point for a parched village.

For a newly-drilled well to bring improvements in a developing community, it’s important to ensure that the benefits last. 

Broken pumps and wells litter the developing world, left by well-intentioned groups that moved on without communicating the responsibilities the community must assume to keep the new water system working. 

Water maintenance committees, a core part of World Vision’s approach to clean water, ensure that communities take ownership of their water systems. Community members are trained to fix and clean pumps, and they collect money from their neighbors for repairs.

Both men and women can serve on water maintenance committees—in fact, it’s the perfect opportunity for women to take leadership roles on an issue that deeply impacts their lives.

These dedicated individuals are the reason World Vision-built wells still function 20 years later.

Photo©2013 World Vision, Jon Warren

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