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Water For Humans
Last updated on June 27, 2016


Water for Humans’ mission is to provide sustainable clean water solutions to underserved populations, while ensuring water remains a local, public resource

Water for Humans is a nonprofit social venture enterprise working to bring sanitation,clean water, and clean cookstoves to communities in need through partnerships with local communities, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, universities and governments. These partnerships ensure clean drinking water, create local jobs and protect local water assets.

Over 884 million people in the world do not have access to potable water and over 2.5 billion lack proper sanitation. Potable water shortages and contaminated water sources are some of the leading causes of illness and death worldwide, resulting in waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid and parasite infections.

What we do

Water for Humans recognizes the critical need of ensuring sanitation and safe drinking water today and in the future. We work to eliminate current contamination by creating sustainable solutions to wastewater treatment and management. We also implement techniques to increase clean-water resources and reduce black water through permaculture methods, education and public awareness.

How we work

Water for Humans collaborates with local and international NGOs, universities and governments to improve public health and reduce disease. We facilitate the use of constructed wetlands for sewage treatment to eliminate black water contamination while providing safe water for irrigation and aquaculture.

Water for Humans is activity working in the northern rain forest mountains of Oaxaca Mexico. We work in collaboration with THE HUNGER PROJECT implementing: rainwater harvesting systems, composting latrines, and clean cookstoves.

This summer 2013 we will be implementing 89 clean cool stoves in the San Jose Tenango region of northern Oaxaca.

We also work in the central valley of Oaxaca. Last fall we installed a water purification system in the primary school in Santo Domingo Barrio Bajo Etla. This water purification system saves the school money and provides clean safe water for the children.

Primary Activities

  • Collaboration with our partner organizations in Mexico: THE HUNGER PROJECT Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca (UABJO), Instituto de la Naturaleza y la Sociedad de Oaxaca (INSO), local Rotary International chapters, El Foro Oaxaqueño del Agua, Guadelupe Etla, Santo Domingo Barrio Bajo Etla, State and Federal government officials and the Department of Health
  • Coordination with other international organizations to further develop our local network and relationships: ProMexico Service Corps, Action in Sustainability and Rotary International

  • Contact people:

     Rick McKenney, Executive Director, (phone), (email)
    Stan Brown, Chief Operating Officer, (phone), (email)

    Main office number: (206) 452-3503
    Office fax number: (206) 440-1002


     13714 37th Ave NE
    Seattle, WA 98125
    This location is handicap accessible
    (See a map)

    Web Site: http://waterforhumans.org/


       Nearest Bus Stop: MT372, 312, 306, ST522, 5 minute walk

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