Water Voices

Water Voices

Water Voices is a solutions-­focused project aimed at ensuring that every Canadian has access to clean water and sanitation. It emerged from a Water Hackathon in Toronto in 2010, co-founded by Melanie Gorka and Stephen Sauder. Water Voices is built on an SMS-based open source mapping platform committed to promoting solutions to ongoing water challenges in Canada, and driving innovative low-cost solutions to improve quality of life. The project is composed of three interrelated components that work together to engage, promote, and improve access to water and sanitation for communities.

The three components of Water Voices consist of a community engagement tool that works with text messages, e-mail, and the web to generate water stories from community members that can be geo-spatially displayed and shared with government and citizens. The project also houses a comprehensive database of water quality, socio-economic data, and internet and communication coverage. The final component is an education module that provides water testing kits and curriculum. The water data collected can be similarly uploaded to the web and shared.




Water Voices aims to strengthen political and public will to discuss and intervene on water quality challenges across Canada, particularly First Nation communities where it is strongly needed. In order to bring the vision of Water Voices to life, the project is building partnerships with like-minded organizations and potential funders who wish to contribute to a solution.


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