PWPL Facts

Did you know these PWPL facts? 

  • 663 million people lack access to clean water, that is 1 in 10?
  • Women and girls in many countries spend 6 hours a day gathering water.
  • 1/3 of the schools in the world do not have clean water access?
  • Did you know that 1 in every 3 people lacks access to a toilet?
  • Did you know that there are more people who own a cell phone than there are people with a toilet? 

*Learn more about the water crisis at water.org.

What is Pure Water, Pure Love?

The primary goal of this ministry is to provide missionaries with water filters that supply their families with clean water—free from disease-causing microorganisms. An extension of this ministry seeks to provide clean water for the people the missionaries serve as well. PWPL works with churches, Christian organizations, and missionaries to provide clean drinking water through well drilling or water purification systems.

How much do filters and well projects cost?

The cost of water filters ranges from a $50 personal water bottle to a $250 home unit. The initial cost is usually $400–$500 for a missionary family. This provides the family with a home unit, travel-sized filters, and replacements filters.

The cost of well projects is determined by the location and its needs. Well projects in the past have cost anywhere from $2,000 to $15,000.

What kinds of filters are given to the missionaries?

The leadership of PWPL works with the medical staff at the International Mission Board to determine the best quality filters for missionaries. The most common filter is a drip filter. The missionaries can pour in dirty water and the filter removes disease-carrying microorganisms. Missionaries can also receive filter pumps and water bottles that filter water while traveling. Tablets and chemical purifiers are also available for the missionaries.

For more information about the types of filters, click here.

How can my church support PWPL?

By donating to PWPL, your church can help provide a water filtration system or well to missionaries and their communities. Click here for ideas on how to raise donations in your church or organization.

Where do I send donations?

WMU
c/o PWPL
PO Box 830010
Birmingham, AL 35283-0010

Does my church have to raise the full amount of the filter or well to give?

No, your contribution is combined with the contributions of other individuals, churches, and organizations. There is no minimum donation amount.

Can my church give a well to a specific country or missionary?

PWPL uses a grant process for well projects. We cannot know where the well projects will be until the committee has approved the grant application. Unlike other clean-water initiatives, PWPL does not give wells and filtration systems to areas where there is not a pre-existing ministry. Instead, it partners with already established Christian organizations and individuals who are currently at work in an area. Therefore, any donations that are designated to a specific country cannot be used until there is a grant application from within that country.

Can my church know what missionary or country receives the filter or well from our gift?

Many missionaries who receive grants from PWPL are in high-security areas. We do not want to put our missionaries in a harmful situation that could prohibit their ministry. The PWPL ministry page does, however, have anonymous stories of well projects and filter recipients you can share with your church.

Who is eligible for a PWPL filter or well project, and can I apply?

Because PWPL is a ministry of WMU® (an SBC affiliate) and is primarily funded by Southern Baptist churches and organizations, PWPL prioritizes grants submitted by Southern Baptist missionaries.
Click here for the grant application.

My church already partners with a missionary that is in need of a filter or well project. Can we apply for a PWPL grant for them?

Yes! We love helping partnerships that already exist between local churches/organizations and global missions.

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