Living Water International

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We mobilize churches and communities to cultivate sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene programs, and an ongoing witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Time and time again we have seen these lasting benefits pave the way for people to flourish-through good health, improved education, stable livelihoods, and thriving relationships.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Living Water International
4001 Greenbriar Drive
Stafford, TX 77477


Phone: (281) 207-7800


Organization details

EIN: 760324875

CEO/President: Michael J Mantel, Ph.D.

Chairman: Jim Reid

Board size: 12

Founder: Group of Houston Businessmen

Year founded: 1991

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1998


Since the very beginning, water provision has been the cornerstone of our work in every country we operate in. Water access is about more than just installing water systems. It's about installing the right systems, which might mean water wells, rainwater harvesting, protected springs, or something else entirely. And it's about helping whole communities and regions have enough safe, accessible, reliable water to significantly improve the lives of the people who live there.

In places where there is no safe, clean place to go to the toilet, people struggle with disease, lack of privacy, and indignity. Once communities have access to safe, sustainable water, they can improve their sanitation, dramatically raising their quality of life-improving health, increasing school achievement, and multiplying productivity. In many areas, Living Water International helps community members develop plans for sanitation that result in clean, functional latrines in homes, schools, clinics, and churches.

Safe water and sanitation systems are important, but to have an impact, people need to use them effectively to improve their health. Education is important-helping people understand how to prevent diseases by washing their hands, storing their water properly, and using a latrine. But head knowledge is just the beginning; helping communities identify important behaviors and make their own plan to use them is the end goal.

Our concern is for whole people-physical and spiritual. As followers of Jesus, we know that he has the power to transform people, restore relationships, and heal factors that lead to poverty, hunger, and thirst. We work with local churches wherever we find them, identify ways we can be part of what God is already doing, and share the good news about Jesus in simple ways-like telling stories and asking questions.

For all of these things to be effective for the long term, we have to involve the community from the very beginning. We're learning alongside the communities we serve that projects are most sustainable when they respond to both need and demand, when financing is carefully thought through, and when management is handled locally with lots of ongoing support.

Mission statement

Living Water International uses the following to express its Mission Statement:

"LWI exists to demonstrate the love of God by providing desperately needed clean water and medical attention, along with the "living water" of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which alone satisfies the deepest thirst."

Statement of faith

For our staff in the United States, Christian faith is a prerequisite for employment, based upon United States federal guidelines provided in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Living Water International Statement of Faith

I believe there is one God who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Ephesians 4:4-6)

I believe that Jesus Christ, though fully God, came to earth as a man. Through his sinless life, his atoning death, and his bodily resurrection, he offers us salvation, new life, and a place in the family of God (John 1:1-4, John 1:12; Philippians 2:5-11, Hebrews 1:1-4, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

I believe that salvation is a free gift of grace, received through faith in Christ and expressed through good works performed in his name. (Acts 2:38; Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-6).

I believe the Holy Spirit is present and active in the world today, empowering those who follow Christ to live and love well (Galatians 5:16-18; Romans 8:9).

I believe the Bible is inspired by God and is authoritative in the life of every follower of Christ (2 Timothy 3:15-17; John 17:17).

I believe the Church is made up of all people who follow Christ; across creed, gender, race and social class (Matthew 22:36-40; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, Galatians 3:26-28; Ephesians 4:1-6).

I believe that all followers of Christ have the responsibility and privilege to proclaim the gospel by actively sharing their faith in Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8) and demonstrate the gospel by compassionately caring for the "least of these" (Matthew 25:40).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating716 of 84460 of 70
Fund acquisition rating763 of 84465 of 70
Resource allocation rating664 of 84459 of 70
Asset utilization rating399 of 84434 of 70

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$4,733,899$5,593,579$941,886$2,201,872$2,057,436
Short-term investments$0$0$2,441,918$3,165,994$3,253,283
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,105,436$7,030,169$4,574,457$7,933,155$7,272,011
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$5,820,327$5,796,654$5,469,479$4,379,213$4,286,130
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$5,820,327$5,796,654$5,469,479$4,379,213$4,286,130
Total assets$11,925,763$12,826,823$10,043,936$12,312,368$11,558,141
Payables and accrued expenses$1,194,328$1,358,763$1,437,122$1,219,555$1,361,862
Other current liabilities$341,303$123,585$66,376$377,141$344,930
Total current liabilities$1,535,631$1,482,348$1,503,498$1,596,696$1,706,792
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$1,535,631$1,482,348$1,503,498$1,596,696$1,706,792
Net assets20192018201720152014
Temporarily restricted$4,614,148$5,052,072$656,290$2,750,988$2,098,085
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$10,390,132$11,344,475$8,540,438$10,715,672$9,851,349
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Total contributions$22,949,571$25,861,449$34,281,333$24,031,295$24,792,982
Program service revenue$782,414$1,707,043$2,512,804$1,997,071$617,741
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$56,906$16,039$150,145
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$782,414$1,707,043$2,569,710$2,013,110$767,886
Total revenue$23,731,985$27,568,492$36,851,043$26,044,405$25,560,868
Program services$19,308,064$19,383,023$31,776,913$20,379,412$21,476,084
Management and general$1,578,232$1,720,263$2,826,689$1,879,339$1,566,852
Total expenses$24,474,998$24,557,080$39,845,059$25,180,082$26,390,770
Change in net assets20192018201720152014
Surplus (deficit)($743,013)$3,011,412($2,994,016)$864,323($829,902)
Other changes in net assets($211,330)($207,375)$818,782$0$0
Total change in net assets($954,343)$2,804,037($2,175,234)$864,323($829,902)


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/23/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Around the world, communities are trapped in debilitating poverty because they constantly suffer from water-related diseases and parasites, and/or because they spend long stretches of their time carrying water over long distances.

In response to this need, we implement participatory, community-based water solutions in developing countries. Since we started, we've completed more than 18,000 water projects (and counting!).

It all began when a group from Houston, Texas traveled to Kenya and saw the desperate need for clean drinking water. They returned to Houston and founded a 501(c)3 non-profit. The fledgling organization equipped and trained a team of Kenyan drillers, and Living Water Kenya began operations the next year under the direction of a national board. That pattern continues today; we train, consult, and equip local people to implement solutions in their own communities in the countries where we work.

Remembering the life-changing nature of that first trip in 1990, we also lead hundreds of volunteers on mission trips each year, working with local communities, under the leadership of nationals, to implement water projects. It's hard to know which lives are changed more-those "serving" or those "being served." Our training programs in shallow well drilling, pump repair, and hygiene education have equipped thousands of volunteers and professionals in the basics of integrated water solutions since 1997.

Program accomplishments

Completed roughly 21,000 water projects