George McGraw, Founder of DigDeep Discusses the Affects of Water Poverty on Millions in the United States

George McGraw, Founder of DigDeep Discusses the Affects of Water Poverty on Millions in the United States

George McGraw is a leading expert on water and sanitation in the United States and around the world, and is often featured in global media including Forbes, CNN, NBC, and more.

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He currently serves as the Founder & CEO of DigDeep, the only WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) organization solely focused on the USA.

In 2019, he co-authored the ‘Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States’ Report, an explosive study that revealed over 2.2 million Americans currently live without a tap or toilet at home, with race being the #1 predictor of water insecurity.

In 2022, he was the lead author on Draining: The Economic Impact of America’s Hidden Water Crisis which illustrated that the water access gap causes a loss of $8.58 billion per year in the US economy.

The report also found that there is hope: for every dollar invested in closing the water gap, the US economy would see a nearly 5:1 return.

In this podcast episode 

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How George discovered that water poverty affects over 2.2M in the US, many of which live on less than 4L of water per day and the mental, physical, financial and psychological disadvantages of not having access to clean, running water.

George shared the ways DigDeep has worked with communities in Navajo Nation, West Virginia, and the Texas-Mexico border to provide clean water to hundreds of families, and shares stories about the magic of being present and building long-term relationships with each person and their uniqueness.

These relationships and other social change principles are what George drew on to innovate affordable water delivery systems and develop unique, inclusive solutions for each community.

George offers inspiring insight into the meaning of social entrepreneurship and how to be a leader through challenge and hope.

About DigDeep

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DigDeep is a human rights non-profit working to ensure that every American has clean, running water forever.

While most Americans take running water completely for granted, millions of our neighbors struggle to get enough clean water to survive.

More than 2.2 million Americans still don’t have running water or basic plumbing, like a flush toilet. 44 million more don’t have clean water that’s safe to drink.

If you are a human in need of clean water, please contact

If you are interested in supporting Dig Deep, head to and join in today. 

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