SPOUTS of Water

Improving access to safe water, one filter at a time
2016 SAG-SEED Award Winner Water, Sanitation & Health (WASH) Kampala, Uganda

SPOUTS of Water manufactures, markets and sells affordable ceramic water filters using local materials and employing local labour. The enterprise targets all socioeconomic classes in Uganda – from those who rely on expensive bottled water and those who boil their water, to the lowest-income 30% who usually consume untreated water.

SPOUTS takes advantage of numerous existing networks, such as savings groups and microfinance institutions, to deliver safe water across the entire market. It fills a void where other water treatment methods have failed to maintain sustainable production and cultural longevity.

Eco-Inclusive Impact

SPOUTS of Water makes affordable ceramic water filters available to the entire Ugandan market improving health, creating economic freedom for women and children, reducing firewood consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Reducing the prevalence of water-borne illnesses, and improving household health.
  • Freeing women and children from the burden of water boiling and related firewood collection or purchase.
  • Providing WASH training to > 45,000 individuals and 4,500 students thus far.


  • Avoiding over 96.4 million kg CO2 emissions and reducing pressure on forests from firewood-based water boiling, by selling 5,000 filters to lower-middle income customers over the past two years.
  • Reducing the use of plastic water bottles, which is currently consumed by the upper-income 10% of the population.
  • Providing the lowest-price water purification system ($20) on the Ugandan market, freeing up economic resources of low-income households.
  • Improving productivity by targeting widespread access to clean drinking water and reduction of waterborne diseases.
  • Creating stable employment for more than 20 Ugandan staff so far.



This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

SPOUTS of Water Inc. develops, produces and markets “Purifaaya” ceramic water filters.

Prince of Peace Orphans and Widows Vision (POPOW) distributes SPOUTS filters in Northern Uganda and provides financing options to women’s savings groups.

Living Goods is an international NGO that provides door-to-door distribution of social-impact products, including SPOUTS water filters in Uganda.

Bead for Life conducts campaigns and training to educate women on the need for safe water.

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