Today is World Water Day — a day that the United Nations has been sponsoring since 1993. It brings attention to the ever-growing need for clean, drinkable water throughout the world.

In recognition of this important day, we like to showcase some amazing organizations and individuals dedicated to improving water-related conditions across the globe. We hope that checking out these winning designs, as well as the talented designers behind them, will be great inspiration to you. Visit their websites to find out more about how you can make a difference today.

1. The Water Project

Winning design by JonSerenity

The Water Project brings relief to communities around the world who suffer needlessly from a lack of clean water and proper sanitation, including Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Rwanda, India and Sudan.

The Project helps dig wells, build small dams, collect rain-water in large tanks and filter dirty water with Biosand water filtration systems. “We believe it is essential for assistance such as ours to be a help, not a hand-out.”

2. Water for Waslala

Winning design by Dhomolicsan

Water for Waslala was founded by former University of Villanova students who first visited the central Nicaragua region of Waslala on a school service trip in 2002. It’s dedicated to providing the funds and technical expertise needed to construct cost-effective, sustainable potable water systems.

Most Waslala residents earn less than $2/day, have a fourth-grade education and lack access to even the most basic human needs, including clean water. Since its inception in 2004, the organization has provided 2,000 residents with clean drinking water.

3. Coffee for Water

Winning design by lukeruk

Coffee for Water™ launched on World Water day last year as a coffee company with a humanitarian mission: to provide safe drinking water in the coffee-growing regions of the world such as Haiti, where one in three people lacks access to clean water.

By selling their coffee, this social enterprise helps communities leverage their own resources to develop clean water projects and prevent waterborne diseases. Its profits fund life-saving water purification projects in the countries where it buys coffee beans – the proceeds from every 10 bags of coffee it sells supply safe drinking water to a child for an entire year.

To date, the organization has funded five water purification projects in Haiti and a total of 34 million liters of clean water.

4. Sterling Water

Winning design by wikwin

Imagine a world where no one goes thirsty, no field goes dry and no local economy fails for lack of clean water. Sterling water brings the world one giant step closer to that dream, having developed a multiple use waterpod system that turns bad water into good without the need for heavy power consumption or the creation of environmental waste. A single sterling waterpod can produce enough water for 10 families’ daily needs, for less than 10 US cents per liter.

5. The Future of Water

Winning design by Venanzio

In this book, water industry analyst Steve Maxwell explores the broad trends that will have a significant impact upon future water challenges, and examines how individuals, water utilities, industries and countries can change the future of water.

6. Planet Water

Winning design by estevesdesigns

Planet Water, a U.S.-based international development organization, works to bring clean water to the world’s most disadvantaged communities. They do this by installing community-based water filtration systems as well as holding education programs on water-health and hygiene.

7. Oasys Water

Winning design by Vitamin Studios

Oasys Water provides technology that lowers the cost of producing clean water from salt water sources. Using natural or forward osmosis, customers are able to reduce the cost to recover water, eliminate the problems associated with wastewater disposal and preserve the world’s fresh water supplies.

8. Let the Data Flow

Winning design by f!ng

Let the Data Flow’s mission is to make water data open and accessible, and to do so it’s running a Water and Environmental Hub project. The project’s goal is to spur economic diversification and benefit both public users and the private sectors.

9. Global Water Education Conference

Winning design by ryeAyuste

Since 1984, the Project WET Foundation has dedicated itself to the mission of reaching children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water education. In February 2012, the Foundation was awarded the 2012 United States Water Prize for watershed-based approaches toward water sustainability.

10. BridgIT Water Foundation

Winning design by RBdesigns

The aim of BridgIT Water Foundation is simple: provide safe, secure and sustainable water collection, storage and distribution systems to those in need. Water projects of this type are directed at small and low key education, health and welfare organizations in developing nations throughout the world.

11. The National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia

Winning design by targa

The National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA) is a consortium of 13 leading Australian research universities and scientists. Their goal is to improve desalination technologies and create fresh ideas for sustainable water.

Know other great organizations helping to make drinking water safer? Please tell us about them in the comments!