Clean Water is a Right for Everyone

and our passionate team is working to make this a reality



To prevent waterborne disease through educating, training, and empowering resource-limited communities to produce and distribute an innovative point-of-use water technology.

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In response to the global health crisis concerning clean water, PureMadi designed an inexpensive point-of-use water filter with the potential to help billions of people throughout the world purify their drinking water, and thus prevent water-quality related disease and death.

Water is essential for human health, and consistent access to safe drinking water is a significant global problem. Despite the availability of various water-treatment products, approximately 1.8 billion people drink water that is contaminated with waterborne pathogens. Consumption of unsafe water results in 1.2 billion cases of illness and 2.2 million deaths per year.



people impacted with clean water


Filters distributed


jobs created in two communities


volunteers and supporters engaged



children received water and hygiene education



PureMadi is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operating under the auspices of the University of Virginia Fund. It was formally established in 2011 by an interdisciplinary collaboration of students and professors at the University of Virginia (UVA).  PureMadi operates two ceramic water filter facilities in South Africa working to educate people about the global water crisis, collaborating with locals, and empowering people to bring solutions to their own communities. The facilities employ local South Africans to produce and distribute ceramic water filters. In 2012,  PureMadi partnered with UVA, the University of Venda (UniVen) in Thohoyandou, South Africa, and Rotary International to open its first facility in Limpopo, South Africa. In 2015, PureMadi established a second facility in partnership with Khulisa Social Solutions, a South African NGO, in Gauteng, South Africa.