MAG Means Water



Every day, millions of families in developing countries walk several hours a day to collect safe drinking water.

Unclean water causes millions of people, especially young people, to contract preventable diseases every year. According the the United Nations, 783 million people do not have access to clean water and almost 2.5 billion do not have access to adequate sanitation (UN Water). In developing countries where agriculture the most important sector, lack of water can have a drastic effect on food production.

Other development organizations work to create household and school latrines, pipes, and water harvesting systems in order to protect natural springs and fountains. However, in countries contaminated by landmines and unexploded ordnance, this work has an added complexity - landmines. 


Not only is non-contaminated land needed to dig ditches and wells, but the water that flows into the wells often come from distant water sources. The paths this water travels needs to be cleared of contamination before it can be safe to drink. 

In Laos, clean water flows down from the mountains, and pipelines must be built into the communities. MAG has worked with partners, like Engineers Without Borders, to get water to remote villages in Laos and other countries where we work. The construct pipelines, storage tanks, and distribution systems with a dozen or more communal taps. The amazing work Engineers Without Borders does cannot begin until the land the pipeline will be placed is cleared of landmines and unexploded ordnance.