In 2012, we visited small isolated villages up on a high plateau in the North East region of Ethiopia. There we witnessed a dramatic reality: the lack of potable water. The villagers live in a beautiful natural environment but often without running water, electricity, a toilet or shower. To survive here, women and children walk every day for miles to shallow, unprotected ponds where the water is often contaminated with human and animal waste, parasites, and diseases. It was imperative to take action and create a solution to mitigate this water shortage issue.