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A Holistic Water Solution For Underserved and Refugee Host Communities in Lebanon and Jordan

A Holistic Water Solution For Underserved and Refugee Host Communities in Lebanon and Jordan

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Arizona State University and an international consortium of co-creators are leading a two-year, nearly $2 million USAID project to bring clean drinking water systems to the Middle East. Holistic Water Solutions will bring certified potable water to residents and refugees in areas of greatest need within Lebanon and Jordan.

Holistic Water Solutions integrates cutting-edge technology, sustainable business models, entrepreneurial training for women, and extensive community engagement. Among its key objectives is to assess how reliably this system meets long-term water security needs within the complex socio-economic conditions of the Middle East. This project was developed directly with USAID’s Middle East Water Security Initiative, under USAID’s new cocreation procurement process.

Potable water sources are developed by tapping nontraditional water resources through two cutting-edge methods:

  1. Treatment of groundwater through reverse osmosis to eliminate salts and contaminants, to provide water at the community level
  2. Conversion of atmospheric water vapor, to provide water at the household level

Combining these two water sources with an affordable and portable water storage solution and a reliable power source will increase the availability of potable water by 20 percent in 18 communities, 9 in each country.

Our holistic water solution generates water for:

cup of water


pot of water for cooking


sponge washing plate with bubbles


bathtub with dropples of water


Community Kiosk
Technology that desalinates “brackish” groundwater and purfifies it using reverse osmosis

H2O Kiosk

Portable Storage Tank
Ultra-light DIY tank that stores up to 1,000 liters of water

Household Water Source
Household-level technology that turns atmospheric water vapor into drinking water

Household water source

With kiosks in 18 communities, 36,000 people can access affordable clean water.

With water sources at 125 households, 500 people or more can produce their own clean water

Household producing its own water

The mobile water source is suitable for permanent residences as well as refugee communities

Project Consortium

Holistic Water Solutions Initiative was graciously funded by the American People through the United States Agency for International Development.