Deep Springs International is a non-profit organization that provides a solution to the water crisis in Haiti that can be maintained without ongoing subsidy. Using a simple and affordable chlorine system, we empower individuals to provide safe water to their communities as a sustainable business. Even the poorest families can treat their water with this system, regardless of the source.
To improve life in developing countries by identifying and encouraging the use of affordable water purification systems, teaching the importance of proper household water treatment, and creating new business opportunities for local people.
To improve public health while creating jobs through an integrated and sustainable safe water program that can be scaled throughout under-served communities in developing countries.
Deep Springs is led by a volunteer Board of Directors.
As an organization committed to sustainability and cultural effectiveness, all managers and staff in Haiti are local leaders with the exception of the National Director. Approximately 260 Haitians earn an income by selling locally-produced chlorine products.
Michael Ritter, MPH
Michael Ritter is living proof that young leaders can accomplish anything they set their minds to, with the right preparation, passion, and purpose. While still a graduate student, Michael co-founded Deep Springs International along with Dr. Timothy Mech and Ruth Entwistle of Grove City College. Starting out with a shoestring budget was no obstacle for Michael – his passion for saving lives by bringing clean water to poor Haitians was so strong that he literally operated out of his backpack for the first few years!
Mr. Ritter earned his Masters of Public Health from Emory University, and also holds a B.S. in molecular biology. He also serves as the National Director in Haiti – leading an entirely indigenous team of over 200 Haitians. As a specialist in water interventions, particularly Household Water Treatment and Storage (HWTS), he has served in leadership with U.N. Committees and presented at key health and water conferences.