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About This Project

This project was made possible by
generous funding from Kenneth E. Behring,
founder of the Global Health and Education Foundation

The Global Health and Education Foundation strives to advance the health and well-being of the world by improving access to clean water, public health and primary care, basic education, and economic development opportunities. Learn more at

The “Safe Water is Essential” web site is a production of the National Academy of Sciences’ Koshland Science Museum, in cooperation with the Water Science and Technology Board and the Office of International Programs.

National Academy of Sciences and the National Academies

Since 1863, the nation's leaders have often turned to the National Academies for advice on the scientific and technological issues that frequently pervade policy decisions. The National Academy of Sciences, an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, is dedicated to furthering science and technology for the general welfare. Visit for more information. For information on the Water Science and Technology Board, visit For information about the Policy and Global Affairs Division, please visit

The National Academy of Sciences works with other science academies of the world, through the Interacademy Panel on International Issues (IAP). The Chair of the IAP Water Program, Professor Jose Galizia Tundisi, from the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, has provided input and review for this project.

Scientific Steering Committee


Translation Reviewers

Production and Design

Terra Incognita Productions

Translation Provided By

Archival Footage and Photographs Courtesy of

  • American Geological Institute
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Barefoot College of Tilonia
  • Dr. Abul Barkat, Human Development Research Center (HDRC)
  • BBC Motion Gallery
  • Ma. Cristina E. Brigoli
  • CDM
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Corbis
  • Getty Images
  • Dr. Simón González
  • Dr. Abul Hussam, George Mason University
  • Daniele Lantagne, CDC
  • Dr. Abul K. M. Munir, Manob Sakti Unnayan Kendro (MSUK)
  • NASA Visible Earth
  • National Geographic Digital Motion
  • Photo Researchers International
  • Photoshare
  • Population Services International
  • SODIS Project of Eawag/Sandec
  • Andy Terrey, City of Phoenix Water Services Department
  • Dr. Lonnie G. Thompson
  • UNDP - Office of Communication
  • UNICEF India Ruhani Kaur
  • Water for People
  • WaterAid
  • WaterPartners International
  • WGBH Media Library and Archives
  • World Bank
  • World Health Organization

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