CWU 101

Learn the fundamentals of water project management, with the ultimate objective of empowering operating partners to produce clean water for their communities for years to come.

Who pulls all the components of water-related mission trips together? In CWU-101, the critical skills of team leadership, organization and coordination of trip components, and the importance of relationship-building come together.

Using the basic tools of our trade, the Water Issues Survey, Covenants, and other assessment tools, we emphasize the dynamics and skills needed for all phases of a Living Waters Project. The workshop doesn't stop there, however. Team building, project planning, budgeting, microbusiness development, and effective partner communications are also included, with an emphasis on ensuring water system sustainability.

"If you're a detail-oriented person who likes to 'wrap your arms' around a project and pull it all together, but also is willing to work with other team members to give them the opportunity to enjoy their share of the work, then CWU-101 is for you."

Katy BeDunnah, Former CWU 101 instructor


CWU 102

Learn the health, hygiene and spiritual curriculum, teach other course participants, and finally become capable to lead the training for in-country (operating partner) instructors.

"Question: How will people who have had little or no access to clean water know how to use it properly? Answer: YOU will teach them! Welcome to CWU 102, the Health Education Track that will teach you how to teach your international partners about the health benefits of using clean water appropriately. The curriculum is very interactive and is engaging for adults and children alike. Scriptural stories about God's use of water are interwoven with activities and lessons about using clean water and washing hands. CWU 102 will prepare you to instruct your partners, and leave them with the materials and skills they will need to teach their own community, thus creating sustainable health education."

Joanie Lukins, CWU 102 instructor


CWU 103

Standard System

Take a fully functioning clean water system and get hands-on experience with how it operates, how to maintain it and how to troubleshoot problems. Learn how to construct and disassemble the system including each component and major piece of equipment.

In a Learning Center environment, receive some hands-on basic electrical and plumbing skills to provide more confidence in teaching others.

By the end of the workshop, each participant will be able to pass on these skills and knowledge to their operating partners, so that they will be able to take ownership of the system.

Reverse Osmosis & Softening (ROS)

The CWU 103 ROS workshop provides training for installing clean water systems in areas with very hard water, such as the Yucatan Peninsula. CWU 103 ROS takes a standard system to the next level by adding water softening and reverse osmosis components. CWU 103 ROS students must have a thorough understanding of the standard system or the approval of a CWU instructor before enrolling in the ROS option.

Both workshops cover how to test the water and how to decide which clean water system will be appropriate for your mission project.

“CWU 103 is for you if you are the "handy person" around the church or the house. You will use your God-given talents, and probably learn a few new ones, in constructing the clean water system. At the end, you and your classmates will toast to your hard work with the lake water you have cleaned through the system! You will then use these skills in the field, working with operating partners, guiding them to install the system, working and growing in your faith together to bring clean water to their community.”

Ralph Young, CWU 103 instructor