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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

WASH FIT Initiative 2030

Edge Outreach, Inc. - dba WaterStep (
Non-governmental organization (NGO)

    WaterStep is working around the globe to implement comprehensive WASH programs built on a foundation of sustainable access to safe water and disinfectant. The mission of WaterStep, is to respond to critical needs for safe water and health in the developing world and disasters by working with people on the ground to evaluate and implement strategies for success, specifically,
    • Saving lives with safe water and disinfectant by empowering communities to take care of their own long-term water and sanitation needs with simple tools and effective training. 
    • Providing safe water solutions to areas impacted by disaster, arming first responders with the equipment and knowledge to support those in need. 
    • Developing creative solutions that are simple and sustainable, which can mean the difference between life and death. 

    In addition to the WaterStep team of over 150 field consultants and ambassadors, WaterStep's newest initiative is to work with strategic partners to bring sustainable safe water and disinfectant to prisons (Kenya Board of Prisons), medical facilities (SANRU), refugee camps (John Dau Foundation and Swiss Red Cross), and rural communities in Ecuador (Impreza Publica del Agua). To date, WaterStep has impacted over 9 million people with access to safe water, sanitation, and WASH education & training. Our newest initiative with current and future strategic partners has a goal of impacting 100M new beneficiaries by 2030 through tools that create safe water and sanitation toward goals 6.1 and 6.2.

    Utilizing WaterStep's patented ChlorineGenerator and BleachMaker technologies and tools and implemented in conjunction with strategic partners, WaterStep's WASH program includes:
    1 – Safe Water Access - Installation of sustainable water purification technology using chlorination to provide safe water for distribution, water transportation tools that reduce the number of dangerous trips to wells for young girls and women, and training to rehabilitate hand pumps of existing boreholes.
    2 – Disinfectant – Equipment and technology that will allow communities to produce and distribute full-strength disinfectant for disease prevention, sanitation, latrine management, and health .
    3 – Training & Education – Training on hand pump repair, management of water points, use of safe water and disinfectant equipment, and education for individuals and community leaders who will scale up WASH activities to enhance community engagement and provide education on handwashing, defecation, prevention of disease, and hygiene.

    WaterStep will conduct all implementation activities, programs, and monitoring evaluation activities in conjunction with invested partners, tracking activities and outcomes in Salesforce. All projects that are implemented with strategic partners will be governed by the implementing partners who will approve and be invested in each project.

    Expected Impact

    WaterStep has been positively impacting lives around the world with sustainable safe water and disinfectant solutions and education for over 25 years. We continue to do this with a robust network of field consultants who take care of their own communities' water and sanitation needs. Our newest initiative, which is key to WaterStep's strategic development plan, is to partner with organizations across the globe to bring sustainable safe water and sanitation solutions, education, and comprehensive WASH solutions, allowing us to exponentially scale our impact up to 100M beneficiaries by 2030.

    Because WaterStep's technologies are sustainable, affordable, and easy to implement (requiring only a 12V power source and common salt to operate), communities are educated and trained to take care of their own water and sanitation needs. Implementing these projects through partner organizations will allow our work to expand exponentially, impacting large numbers of people, very likely beyond our goal of 100M beneficiaries by 2030. Because we have the methodology in place to track outcomes, WaterStep will be able to provide quantifiable feedback to the UN on numbers of people and communities that will have access to safe water and sanitation.

    Because of the simplicity and versatility of our tools, selling bleach at markets has created income opportunities for women, girls, and those in vulnerable situations, and we are motivated to bring this same opportunity to our strategic partners' communities. For example, in Kenya, women being released from prison are being trained on and provided with WaterStep's BleachMaker upon release, creating the opportunity for immediate income generation while also contributing to increasing the overall health of the community to which she returns. This is a model that is both replicable and scalable anywhere in the world and will provide many long-term benefits as it is expands to more communities through our partnerships.

    We are a strong believer in partnerships that increase opportunity, access, and equity in developing countries. We know that combining the WASH expertise and technologies of WaterStep with health providers, for example, will enhance outcomes for each group's set of goals. In an increasingly complex world, these partnerships are key to ultimately breaking the cycle of inequity that lead to poverty and poor outcomes across the board.


    Kenya Bureau of Prisons, SANRU, Swiss Red Cross, John Dau Foundation, Impreza Publica del Agua, Mustafa Kamal University Public Health Department, State Emergency Service of Ukraine.

    In addition to named strategic partners, WaterStep works in dozens of countries around the world, providing project development and oversight with a team of 150 field consultants and ambassadors.

    Additional information

    While the strategic partnership are a new initiative of WaterStep, information on our impact to date can be found at and on our YouTube Channel (WaterStep). Once new projects are actively implemented, our website will contain photos, videos, outcomes, and published articles/studies.

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Goal 17

    Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

    Goal 17


    Strengthen domestic resource mobilization, including through international support to developing countries, to improve domestic capacity for tax and other revenue collection

    Total government revenue as a proportion of GDP, by source
    Proportion of domestic budget funded by domestic taxes


    Developed countries to implement fully their official development assistance commitments, including the commitment by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of ODA/GNI to developing countries and 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries; ODA providers are encouraged to consider setting a target to provide at least 0.20 per cent of ODA/GNI to least developed countries

    Net official development assistance, total and to least developed countries, as a proportion of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee donors’ gross national income (GNI)


    Mobilize additional financial resources for developing countries from multiple sources


    Additional financial resources mobilized for developing countries from multiple sources 

    Volume of remittances (in United States dollars) as a proportion of total GDP


    Assist developing countries in attaining long-term debt sustainability through coordinated policies aimed at fostering debt financing, debt relief and debt restructuring, as appropriate, and address the external debt of highly indebted poor countries to reduce debt distress

    Debt service as a proportion of exports of goods and services


    Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries


    Number of countries that adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for developing countries, including the least developed countries


    Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism


     Fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants, by speed


    Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed


    Total amount of funding for developing countries to promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies


    Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology

    Proportion of individuals using the Internet


    Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the Sustainable Development Goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation


    Dollar value of financial and technical assistance (including through North-South, South‑South and triangular cooperation) committed to developing countries


    Promote a universal, rules-based, open, non-discriminatory and equitable multilateral trading system under the World Trade Organization, including through the conclusion of negotiations under its Doha Development Agenda

    Worldwide weighted tariff-average


    Significantly increase the exports of developing countries, in particular with a view to doubling the least developed countries’ share of global exports by 2020


    Developing countries’ and least developed countries’ share of global exports


    Realize timely implementation of duty-free and quota-free market access on a lasting basis for all least developed countries, consistent with World Trade Organization decisions, including by ensuring that preferential rules of origin applicable to imports from least developed countries are transparent and simple, and contribute to facilitating market access


    Weighted average tariffs faced by developing countries, least developed countries and small island developing States


    Enhance global macroeconomic stability, including through policy coordination and policy coherence

    Macroeconomic Dashboard


    Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development

    Number of countries with mechanisms in place to enhance policy coherence of sustainable development


    Respect each country’s policy space and leadership to establish and implement policies for poverty eradication and sustainable development 

    Extent of use of country-owned results frameworks and planning tools by providers of development cooperation


    Enhance the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries, in particular developing countries


    Number of countries reporting progress in multi-stakeholder development effectiveness monitoring frameworks that support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals


    Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships 


    Amount in United States dollars committed to public-private partnerships for infrastructure


    By 2020, enhance capacity-building support to developing countries, including for least developed countries and small island developing States, to increase significantly the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national contexts


    Statistical capacity indicators

    Number of countries that have national statistical legislation that complies with the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics

    Number of countries with a national statistical plan that is fully funded and under implementation, by source of funding


    By 2030, build on existing initiatives to develop measurements of progress on sustainable development that complement gross domestic product, and support statistical capacity-building in developing countries

    Dollar value of all resources made available to strengthen statistical capacity in developing countries

    Proportion of countries that (a) have conducted at least one population and housing census in the last 10 years; and (b) have achieved 100 per cent birth registration and 80 per cent death registration

    Name Description
    Provide easy-to-use, affordable, and sustainable safe water and sanitation tools, along with comprehensive WASH education and training to 100M people across the world.
    Partner with at least five new globally-recognized vested ecosystem partners in health, education, and economics to increase access to sustainable safe water and sanitation.
    Financing (in USD)
    Funding from strategic partners, grants, and other sources for equipment and project implementation
    Staff / Technical expertise
    WaterStep's team of water, sanitation, and medical experts for project implementation
    In-kind contribution
    Invested partners assisting with training technologies including 3D modeling, video, and other tools to support project goals
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    01 January 2023 (start date)
    01 December 2030 (date of completion)
    Edge Outreach, Inc. - dba WaterStep
    1. Africa
    2. Europe
    3. North America
    4. Latin America and the Caribbean
    Other beneficiaries

    Direct beneficiaries of WaterStep's comprehensive WASH program include people around the world, including rural communities, prisons, refugee camps, slums, medical facilities, war zones, natural disasters, and others.

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    Democratic Republic of the Congo
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    Sierra Leone
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    South Sudan
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    Mark, Founder and CEO