Wellspring Water’s mission is twofold: we provide water to people who need it, and we do so in a way that reduces the buildup of plastics and aluminum on our planet. We work with local experts, community leaders, educators, and advocates on the ground to identify communities in need and provide the clean water system that will best serve their unique needs. We engage New Yorkers in recycling efforts through which we raise the funds for these clean water projects. Through community building, advocacy, and care for the environment, we work to shorten the distance between clean water and those who need it most.
Water scarcity affects 1.2 billion people worldwide (almost one fifth of the world’s population), and its effects are devastating. Every 90 seconds, a child dies from a water related illness, and 443 million school days are lost each year due to water related diseases.
Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys to be the family member responsible for fetching water, and every hour spent traveling to collect water is an hour spent out of the classroom. Girls without access to clean water or sanitation facilities, miss one week from the school year every month. Local access to clean water means more students, particularly female students, can stay in school.
Americans use approximately 50 billion plastic water bottles per year. But with a recycling rate of only 23%, 38 billion water bottles end up as waste annually. That waste collects in landfills and in our oceans. It takes between 500 and 1,000 years for plastic to degrade, and the accumulation of plastics can harm our land, our oceans, our wildlife, and our health.