Waterlines, Inc.
Children and water

Our projects


Waterlines works in small communities, usually with populations between 200 and 1,000 people, where water sources are contaminated or distant.

Waterlines recently has concentrated on projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Panama, but since our founding in 1986 we have provided funding and/or technical expertise for drinking-water projects in over 700 communities in fifteen countries, including...

Bolivia Honduras Nicaragua
Ecuador India Panama
El Salvador Kenya Peru
Ethiopia Mexico The Philippines
Haiti Nepal Tanzania
For a complete list of communities that Waterlines has been involved with in specific countries, please enquire via email by clicking here.


Waterlines works primarily with gravity-flow water systems, rainwater-catchment tanks, and spring protection improvements. In some school projects, Waterlines also sponsors the construction of latrines and establishes a complete educational program called “WASH” (WAter, Sanitation, and Hygiene).

Click on the following links for detailed accounts of Waterlines' projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, and Panama.


Drinking-water projects range from $3,000 to $15,000. For example...

  • A typical rainwater-catchment tank for a primary school in Kenya costs $3,000.
  • A typical gravity-flow system bringing spring water down to a rural Panamanian village costs $8,000 for the spring box, several kilometers of tubing, a holding tank, distribution lines, and faucets.

Each community contributes labor, materials, and funding, equivalent to 25% of the total cost to build the system.
Please note that Waterlines has a backlog of projects waiting to be funded. No project requests are accepted online.