About the Global Water Alliance


Founded in 2006, the Global Water Alliance (GWA) is an international nonprofit based in Philadelphia committed to increasing global access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Our diverse member network consists of practitioners, educators, students, and organizations from a wide variety of fields – including science, engineering, public health, policy, development, and education. 



We are working toward United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6: Clean Water and Sanitation. According to the UN, billions of people lack access to safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH). GWA envisions a world where all people have access to sustainable WaSH services, and a world free of suffering from WaSH-related diseases.



GWA works through partnerships to implement Educational Initiatives and WaSH Field Projects across the globe. We pursue our mission with a strong focus on sustainability, equity, and poverty reduction, working collaboratively with partners such as Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA), the Water Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the UN Association of Greater Philadelphia, Fairmount Waterworks, Madrugadores Rotary Club, and True Elements.

Our Educational Initiatives

  • Events: GWA’s Annual Conference, typically held in Philadelphia and focusing on a different theme each year; webinars, workshops, and speaker events offering continuing education credits; community events, such as MLK Day of Service and World Toilet Day.
  • Mentoring the next generation through our internship program, developing courses for university partners, and student trips to World Water Week and the World Water Forum.
  • Building public awareness of WaSH issues through our website, e-newsletter, and social media; developing curriculum and educational materials, such as a water literacy tool kit.

Our Water/Sanitation Field Projects

  • Working collaboratively with communities, we partner with organizations such as EWB-USA to plan and implement field projects in rural areas with limited access to safe water and sanitation.
  • Educational projects: We have worked on school hygiene in Sri Lanka, water and health education in Cameroon, and a WaSH curriculum for high schools in Ghana. In West Bengal, India, we have aided in installing and managing WaSH infrastructure for numerous schools, including menstrual hygiene management, increasing the ability for girls to stay in school. 
  • WaSH-related public health projects: We have assisted with water supply systems in Kenya and Nepal, tested a composting toilet system in Ghana, collaborated on arsenic removal systems in West Bengal, and assisted in the installation of flush toilets in Guatemala. 

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