GloFish® Clean Water Initiative

 Because people need clean water too.

GloFish has been a proud supporter of global access to clean water since inception. We recognize that it is only with an abundance of clean water that we are able to Experience the Glo!® of GloFish® fluorescent fish.

Sadly, there are still nearly 800 million people worldwide who do not have access to clean water. Even more tragic is the fact that over 3.4 million people die each year from the lack of clean water and associated causes.[1] We remain hopeful that meaningful, positive change for the enormous number of people in need of clean water will be achieved through the ongoing commitment of nonprofit organizations, corporate citizens, scientists, and engaged individuals.

GloFish is excited to contribute to this effort through our GloFish Clean Water Initiative. As part of this initiative, we have recently awarded $50,000 to support organizations engaged in furthering the cause of clean water. In total, this grant money will help provide clean drinking water to approximately 10,000 people over the next 20 years.[2]

Our largest award of $45,000 has been made to Well Aware to complete two projects in Kenya. The first project, a water well rehabilitation in Maruku, Kenya, will serve a community of more than 4,500 people. The community’s existing well has not been functioning since 2010, forcing schools, families and others to retrieve unsafe water approximately two to three miles away. We are proud to dedicate this project to Brian Crockett, an early GloFish investor, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2009.

Kids runningThe second project, also a water well rehabilitation, is located in Alamach, Kenya and will serve a community of more than 5,000 people. With their well out of commission since 2012, residents are forced to retrieve water from unsafe seasonal streams miles away. When the streams are dry, residents must then walk nearly eight miles through dangerous areas. We are proud to dedicate this project to Lowell Lebermann, one of our former Board members who passed away in 2009.

Kids in classroomIn both communities, children are the hardest hit, with many dying due to infections common to unsafe water. With the grant, Well Aware anticipates repairing and creating a sustainable well system before the end of 2014. We are thrilled to be part of this effort! To support Well Aware, please click here.

We are also proud to have contributed $5,000 to charity: water to support BioSand filters in Cambodia. This contribution will help to fund a charity: water campaign to provide over 15,000 BioSand filters to support approximately 75 families with clean drinking water. To support charity: water, please click here.

women washing clothes girl with glass of water

As many people know, our passion for clean water is at the core of who we are. GloFish® fluorescent fish were originally created by scientists at the National University of Singapore to help identify toxins in water. By adding a naturally-derived fluorescence gene to the fish, scientists hoped to quickly and easily determine when a waterway is contaminated. Scientists soon realized the public interest in sharing the benefits of this research, which led to GloFish fluorescent fish. To help further their beneficial research, a portion of the proceeds from all GloFish sales goes directly to the lab where these fish were originally created.


[1] Please see http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water for more information about the global water crisis.

[2] Please click here to read our press release about this grant.