Only 19% of Nigeria's population has access to safe drinking water. The lack of accessible, reliable and safe drinking water, together with poor sanitation and hygiene, is estimated to cost Nigeria about USD $1.3 billion in access time, loss due to premature death, productive time lost and health care costs. There are over 120,000 thousand schools in Nigeria with over 39 million students. 98% of school water tested by Impact Water Nigeria (227 schools) failed to meet national drinking water standards
Impact Water currently operates in Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda where they have provided 6.5 million students with access to clean water since the installation of their first water purification system in Uganda in 2013. Working in areas that request less commercial treatments, they are able to utilize 1 of 4 current filtration solutions to be installed at the schools. In addition to installing filtration systems, they provide maintenance packages to make sure the systems stay operational. Their aim is to make universal coverage of safe drinking water systems a reality in schools across Africa.