Abundant Water Inc (AW) is a registered not for profit organization incorporated in Canberra Australia. Initially AW developed low-cost, low-tech water filters that could be made by potters in remote communities in Lao PDR. It also collaborated with other international water agencies developing the capacity to adapt and transfer this technology.
Recognising that the challenge was not so much the transfer of water technology but the development of a program that could deliver the technology sustainably and to scale independent of continued external funding AW has developed a working social business model. This focuses on developing profitable local clean water businesses producing practical, sustainable and scalable clean water programs. AW was incorporated in 2009 and is managed by a volunteer Board of professionals in Canberra ACT Australia. The Board consists of engineers, Company Directors, accountants, lawyers and environmental, water and development specialists.
There is a large team employed in Laos delivering, testing and developing the clean water programs. The main focus of AW’s activity is in Lao PDR, with a small pilot in Nepal and scoping programs underway in Timor Leste and the Philippines.