Invest in her potential.

With safe water and sanitation, women can participate fully in economic activity. When all women work, global GDP is projected to rise by 28 trillion USD.1

Invest in climate action.

With safe water and sanitation, vulnerable families and communities are more resilient to drought, flooding, and other adverse effects of climate change.

Promote economic development.

Access to safe water reduces inequality and promotes economic development. Time spent gathering water accounts for an estimated 24 billion USD in lost economic opportunity each year.2

WaterEquity's Annual Report

At 2022 year-end, we reached 4 million people with access to safe water and sanitation in low-income communities, aligning investor values with risk-adjusted returns.

Our Impact By the Numbers

committed capital to solving Sustainable Development Goal 6

people reached with safe water or sanitation

microloans made to low-income consumers


of microloan end-clients are women

For investors who believe markets can deliver financial returns while solving social challenges.

WaterEquity is an asset manager dedicated to mobilizing private investment to the water and sanitation sector. We invest in financial institutions, enterprises, and infrastructure in emerging and frontier markets delivering safe water and sanitation solutions to vulnerable communities, while seeking financial returns for investors.

Founded by award-winning entrepreneurs Gary White and Matt Damon of, and led by Paul O’Connell, the success of WaterEquity is built on decades of collective experience investing in water and sanitation in emerging markets

The Latest at WaterEquity

To Solve the Water Crisis, We Must Rethink the Way We Invest

To Solve the Water Crisis, We Must Rethink the Way We Invest

For Milken Institute’s Power of Ideas series, our co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White explain how WaterEquity is forging a global capital market that closes the financial gap and enables all members of our global community to access basic resources.

"By 2050, one in four people will be living in a country affected by severe water shortages."

– United Nations

"Development in the 21st century needs to be about financing, not just pledges and giving."

– Judy Rodin, former President, Rockefeller Foundation

"The water management, supply & sanitation sector is currently financing only 15% of its needs."

– World Bank / UNICEF

"Between 55 to 68 percent of formal small and medium enterprises in emerging markets are either unserved or underserved by financial institutions."

– World Bank

"By 2030, under current water management and pricing regimes, water demand will exceed supply by about 40%."

– World Bank

"The water crisis is the #1 global risk based on impact to society (as a measure of devastation) as announced by the World Economic Forum, January 2017."

– Global Risks 2017 Report. World Economic Forum, 2017