A seemingly simple solution to the problem of unsafe water in rural and remote communities. 


Dispensers for Safe Water is a sustainable rural water service that ensures access to safe drinking water for more than 3 million people in rural Kenya, Uganda, and Malawi.  They treat water with chlorine, a proven, low-cost water treatment solution, and maintains a sustainable service delivery, not a one-time hardware installation. Success is measured by actual use of chlorine, and by leveraging cues from behavioral economics to achieve high rates of adoption. 

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Impact Area: 

Safe Water

    Where they work:


    Kenya | Malawi | Uganda

    What do they do? 

    Dispensers for Safe Water is a seemingly simple solution to the problem of unsafe water in rural and remote communities. 

    • They place chlorine dispensers in the immediate vicinity of wells and other water sources.

    • Community members go to their water source to fetch water, place their bucket or jerrican under the dispenser, turn the valve to dispense a correctly measured amount of diluted chlorine, and then fill the bucket with water.

    • The chlorine disinfects the water as a community member is walking home, and by the time he or she arrives, much of the chlorine smell has dissipated and they are left with clean, safe water that stays safe for 2-3 days.

    •  A proven innovation that dramatically expands access to water treatment at an extremely low cost.
    • Household chlorination (drinking water) 
    • Sustained water service: Dispenser hardware, community education, and a regular supply of chlorine. 

    Recommended by

    Dispensers for Safe Water is recommended by The Life You Can Save


    Cost-effectiveness and impact

    • An entrepreneurial program for more than 4.7 million people. 

    • Currently serving 4.8 million people.