99designs Salutes World Water Day 2012: 10 Organizations and People Making a Difference!


Today is World Water Day, which the United Nations has been sponsoring since 1993 to bring attention to the ever-growing need for clean drinkable water throughout the world. In recognition of this important day, we thought we’d take the opportunity to showcase some amazing organizations and individuals dedicated to improving water-related conditions across the globe.

They all turned to 99designs for crowdsourced design assistance, and learning about their humanitarian efforts was inspiring. We hope that checking out their winning designs (as well as the talented designers behind them) and learning a bit about these groups will inspire you, too! Visit their websites to find out more about how you can make a difference today.

Know other great organizations helping to make drinking water safer?  Please tell us about them in the comments!

#1: The Water Project

Winning design by JonSerenity

The Water Project brings relief to communities around the world who suffer needlessly from a lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation, including Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Rwanda, India and Sudan. Using local labor and management, and donated funds, the Project helps dig wells, build small dams, collect rain-water in large tanks, and filter dirty water with Biosand water filtration systems. “We believe it is essential for assistance such as ours to be a help, not a hand-out.”

You can see The Water Project’s t-shirt design contest here.

 #2: Water for Waslala

Winning design by Dhomolicsan

Water for Waslala, founded by former University of Villanova students who first visited the central Nicaragua region of Waslala on a school service trip in 2002, is dedicated to providing the funds and technical expertise needed to construct cost-effective, sustainable potable water systems that improve public health, increase educational attainment, and facilitate economic development. Most Waslala residents earn less than $2/day, have a fourth-grade education, and lack access to even the most basic human needs, including clean water. Since its inception in 2004, the organization has provided 2,000 residents with clean drinking water that will last a lifetime.

You can see Water for Waslala’s logo design contest here.

 #3: Coffee for Water

Winning design by lukeruk

Coffee for Water™ launched on World Water day last year as a specialty coffee company with a humanitarian mission: to provide safe drinking water in the coffee-growing regions of the world such as Haiti, where one in three people lacks access to clean water. By selling their coffee, this social enterprise help communities leverage their own resources to develop clean water projects and prevent waterborne diseases. Its profits fund life-saving water purification projects in the countries where it buys coffee beans – the proceeds from every 10 bags of coffee it sells supply safe drinking water to a child for an entire year. To date, the organization has funded five water purification projects in Haiti and a total of 34 million liters of clean water.

You can see Coffee for Water’s logo design contest here.

 #4: Sterling Water

Winning design by wikwin

Imagine a world where no one goes thirsty, no field goes dry and no local economy fails for lack of clean water. Sterling water brings the world one giant step closer to that dream, having developed a multiple use waterpod system, which once installed, turns bad water into good without the need for heavy power consumption or the creation of environmental waste.  A single sterling waterpod can produce enough water for 10 families’ daily needs, for less than 10 US cents per liter.

You can see Sterling Water Company’s product design contest here.

#5: The Future of Water

Winning design by Venanzio

In this book, water industry analyst Steve Maxwell and writer Scott Yates explore the broad trends that will have a significant impact upon future water challenges (including population, economic growth, energy, climate change and general demographic trends) and examines how individuals, water utilities, industries, and countries can change the future of water.

You can see the book cover design contest for The Future of Water here.

#6: Planet Water

Winning design by estevesdesigns

Planet Water, a U.S.-based international development organization, works with partners in Philippines, China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Cambodia and Vietnam to bring clean water to the world’s most disadvantaged communities through the installation of community-based water filtration systems and education programs on water-health and hygiene.

You can see Planet Water’s logo design contest here.

#7: Oasys Water

Winning design by Vitamin Studios


Oasys Water provides technology that lowers the cost of producing clean water from salt water sources. Using natural or forward osmosis, customers are able to reduce the cost to recover water, eliminate the problems associated with wastewater disposal and preserve the world’s fresh water supplies.

You can see Oasys Water’s logo design contest here.

#8: Let the Data Flow

Winning design by f!ng

Let the Data Flow’s mission is to make water data open and accessible, and to do so it’s running a Water and Environmental Hub project that serves as an open source web platform to aggregate, federate and connect water data and information, enabling users to access, mashup, analyze, model and interpret water data, information, issues and opportunities. The project’s goal is to spur economic diversification and benefit both public users and the private sector by improving access to water data, information, and tools for academia, government, industry, NGOs, and the general public.

You can see Let the Data Flow’s logo design contest here.

#9: Sustaining the Blue Planet: The Project WET Foundations’ Global Water Education Conference

Winning design by ryeAyuste

Since 1984, the Project WET Foundation has dedicated itself to the mission of reaching children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water education. In February 2012, the Foundation was awarded the 2012 United States Water Prize for watershed-based approaches toward water sustainability by Clean Water America Alliance.

You can see the Global Water Education Conference’s logo contest here.

#10: BridgIT Water Foundation

Winning design by RBdesigns

The aim of BridgIT Water Foundation is simple: provide safe, secure and sustainable water collection, storage and distribution systems to those in need.  Typically, water projects of this type are directed at small and low key education, health and welfare organizations in developing nations throughout the world – current projects are underway in Jamaica, Tanzania and Nepal.

You can see the BridgIT Water Foundation’s logo contest here.

Bonus! (Because why stop at 10?!) The National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia

Winning design by targa

The National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA) is a consortium of 13 leading Australian research universities and scientists from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation that collaborate with industry, business and water utilities to improve desalination technologies and create fresh ideas for sustainable water.


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