Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Deep Springs International, Inc.

Grove City, PA

This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.


Improve life in developing countries by identifying and encouraging the use of affordable water purification systems, teaching the importance of proper household water treatment, and creating new business opportunities for local people

Notes from the Nonprofit


260 = Haitians earning an income via the Enterprise Model
3,000 = Estimated lives saved
340,000 = Haitians currently receiving safe water & monitoring

2,000,000 = Total served by Deep Springs to date
503,000,000 = Liters of water purified by our efforts


“…the most successful community-based household chlorination program
worldwide in self-sustaining health promotion”
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Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Michael Ritter

Main Address

PO Box 694

Grove City, PA 16127 USA


water treatment, education, Haiti, youth, business, sustainable, clean water, safe water, poverty, poor, developing countries, relief, development, christian, faith-based, chlorine, chlorination, WASH, HWTS





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

Public Health Program (E70)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

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2014 Goals

This year we plan to:
 Serve over 350,000 children and adults in Haiti
 Save an estimated 500 additional lives with our Bucket of Life systems
 Add new sales agents in target areas
 Integrate local pharmacies and shops in our distribution network

Deep Springs employs a 3-prong approach to the Water Crisis...

1 - Home Water Treatment

We treat water at the point of consumption to assure that it is safe to
drink. Even with a well or covered spring, water can become
contaminated during transport and/or storage in the home.

2 - Education

Water Technicians visit each home regularly to educate families about the dangers of unsafe water, the proper use of the Home Treatment Systems, and to monitor water quality.

3 - Enterprise Development

The goal of the Deep Springs approach is self-sustaining via
sales of affordable chlorine solution. Water Techs deliver free
systems to remote communities and then recover the cost via sales.

Deep Springs grew tenfold in 2010 and 2011 in response to the cholera epidemic and subsequent spike in demand for locally-produced chlorine to treat water by NGO partners. This reflects our flexibility and capability to scale-up quickly to meet public health needs.

Volume of chlorine sold (bottles)
# buckets distributed (sold or distributed for free)
Revenue from chlorine and buckets
# new sales agents added to program
# household visits completed by agents
# community meetings conducted
# individuals who attended community meetings
Liters of water treated
Individuals who used Gadyen Dlo
Lives saved due to chlorine use

GOAL: serve 4.5 million rural Haitians who lack clean drinking water

To Date: over 2,000,000 served

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