Clean Water

Many worthy organizations battle the world’s water problem. IMPACT’s clean water program is different, and our first system is still in operation some 30 years later.

The IMPACT Advantage:

  • Focus: By limiting our operations to Honduras, IMPACT is able to develop and nurture village relationships long after a water system is installed.
  • Local Partnerships: IMPACT consults native partners to identify and pursue those areas which present the greatest need.
  • Boots on the Ground: IMPACT takes accountability for the funds that it raises by personally assisting in the installation of its clean water systems.
  • Sweat Equity: Village volunteers dig 5-8 miles of trenches before the U.S. teams arrive, fostering a sense of local ownership for the project.
  • Cultural Exchange: IMPACT’s American volunteers are assigned a local compañero, with whom they work, share, and laugh during the weeklong installation.
  • Infrastructure: Our gravity-fed systems operate simply and efficiently, delivering clean water into each home; as opposed to digging a central well.
  • Leadership Development: IMPACT helps villages become independently responsible for maintaining their water systems by assisting in the creation of a village water board.

Sustainable Water Projects

IMPACT systems are gravity-based and simple to maintain, so they deliver safe water year after year. We don’t drill wells or install pumps. With no electricity or experienced mechanics in the remote villages, those types of water solutions eventually break down and become useless.

Being involved in building the system gives villagers a complete education on its operation. This knowledge allows them to take full responsibility for maintenance after completion.

In one village of 45 homes, the teacher told Mark Smith, executive director at IMPACT, that for 41 years, the children have not had clean water. Periodically, she removes 5″-6″ worms from their throats because of parasites. Now all those waters borne diseases are eliminated with the miracle of clean water.

our water projects serve as a catalyst for building men

We do not exist to build an organization. Instead, our water projects serve as a catalyst for building men. More than 35 years ago, IMPACT invited a small group of men to build a freshwater system for an Auca Indian village in the heart of the Ecuadorian jungle. The purpose of IMPACT was forged when we saw first-hand how a man’s heart and view of himself can change forever. Thirty-five years later, we have completed projects in numerous villages in developing countries across three continents. Come and be a part of something truly worthwhile.


IMPACT has taken more than 300 men who range from CEOs to college students on our clean water projects. These water projects have forever changed the hearts and lives of many of the men who have experienced the miracle of their week in these remote villagers building the water projects and connecting with the villagers.

You can help change a life, one village at a time.

We have changed the lives of over 15,000 villagers. Clean water means 80% of childhood diseases are eliminated, not only for these villagers, but their children and their children’s children dating back to 1986.

Every 15 Seconds

a child dies as a result of water-related illness.
You can help.