The Solution

The Solution

Gift of Water

The best solution to improve water quality at the point-of-use in developing countries is through household water treatment and safe storage (HWTS). The Gift of Water System uses a filtration and chlorination technique, which has been proven to reduce illness.

Gift of Water has been operating rural Haiti since 1995. Its continuous improvement focus has allowed it to adapt to the special needs in Haiti.

Gift of Water tests and audits the program within the active communities to ensure that our efforts are successful. As a result, the Gift of Water’s statistics for compliance and correct utilization are continuously improving.

“The Gift of Water (Kado Dlo) water program is a highly successful, growing rural clean water program in Haiti. It offers the people the highest quality of water relative to the other programs I’ve studied.”

Daniele Lantagne, Env.E., P.E., U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

“For children of age 5 and under, the (Gift of Water) filter was associated with a lower diarrheal probability of 16 percentage points (50% reduction), controlling for all other factors. The average incidence of diarrhea in the group was 31.16%.”

Arun Varghese, BS Chm.E., MPA, ME Env. E.; Point-of-Use Water Treatment Systems In Rural Haiti: Human Health and Water Quality Impact Assessment; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; May 2002


“70% of the children with access to the Gift of Water purifier have stayed worm-free for the past two years, after successful de-worming. None of the children without access to the Gift of Water purifier have remained worm-free over the same time period.”

R.A. DeSutter, St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center Medical Missions, (Baudin, Haiti), January 2007


“The chlorination-only system used in Gros Morne, Haiti, did not produce potable water from the various water sources in the area. The Gift of Water system did provide potable water with much higher clarity.”

Larry Newman C.E., P.E., March, 2007, from an (unpublished) study of water resources in northwest Haiti.