Asian Nations to Benefit From Bezos Earth Fund Partnership With Water.org

The Bezos Earth Fund announced a US$10 million grant to Water.org to increase access to sustainable, climate-resistant water and sanitation services in developing countries where inefficient water infrastructure exacerbates climate impacts and freshwater access.

Purifying and pumping water requires huge amounts of electricity, much of which is wasted due to massive leakage in many places. On average, one-third of all water that utilities pump through their pipes is lost to leaks.

In many places, losses are over half, which wastes energy and can drive up greenhouse gas emissions.

The new partnership advances a new Water and Climate Philanthropic Fund that will unlock US$1 billion in investment, providing small-scale water utilities with needed financing to upgrade inefficient water and sanitation infrastructure and creating lasting water and sanitation solutions for 100 million people.

Using tested methods for microloans, Water.org will apply these methods to small utility-scale water and sanitation infrastructure in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

The funding will support market expertise and local technical assistance to promote policy change and implementation for its program development.

“Access to safe water is crucial,” said Lauren Sánchez, Bezos Earth Fund Vice Chair. “Water.org’s efforts to tackle the water crisis and improve access to safe water and sanitation also reduces water and energy waste. We’re proud to help this team bring access to safe water to millions of people while helping advance critical climate and biodiversity goals.”