The WASH Foundation and Las Vegas Sands Partner on Water Studies and Innovative Environmental Solutions


The WASH Foundation, a global leader in water, sanitation, hygiene and sustainability, has partnered with Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) to facilitate The Drop by Drop Project. A collaboration between The WASH Foundation and initiative co-founder Sands, The Drop by Drop Project will reinvest capital from water stewardship efforts into innovative projects supporting local water champions in Macao, Singapore and Las Vegas. Managed and operated by The WASH Foundation, The Drop by Drop Project will be supported by water savings from Sands’ conservation programs.

Drop by Drop supports water programs and nonprofit organizations focusing on four key areas: reinvigorating ecosystems by safeguarding and restoring aquatic ecosystems; leveraging technology by promoting early-stage innovation and solutions scaling for water efficiency; increasing resiliency by strengthening community response to floods, droughts and other water-related risks; and engaging the community by boosting awareness of water dependence issues.

“We have chosen three incredible organizations and are excited about each of the promising projects that have evolved as a result of Drop by Drop. These projects aim to make major contributions to the local communities within Macao, Singapore and Las Vegas, and the ripple effect will be far reaching,” says Sam Stephens, executive director, The WASH Foundation.

The first of three organizations selected for funding is the University of St. Joseph Macao (USJ), Institute of Science and Environment, located in Macao, China. The university received $75,000 in funding to investigate ways to enhance the water quality of Macao’s coastal waters through the use of native wetland plants, especially mangroves, as natural purifiers for water pollution. The university will also explore additional benefits of wetland restoration, including flooding mitigation, shoreline stabilization and habitat restoration for species biodiversity.

The second organization to receive funding is Seven Clean Seas, a Singapore-based social enterprise. A $50,000 grant is being used to develop a static, floating system that can be deployed directly onto a river to collect plastic pollution at the source before it reaches the ocean. The system will be designed to be affordable, easily maintainable, mobile and easily replicable, so that it can be scaled and deployed in other regions globally.

The third organization is US-based Get Outdoors Nevada, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. A grant of $19,000 will fund a water conservation teacher training program, benefitting over 120 teachers and thousands of students in the Las Vegas area. The grant will also provide water conservation-related field trips for youth in the region to provide real-world examples that reinforce the concepts taught in the classroom.

“Sands understands that water is one of the most critical resources on the planet, vital to sustaining life, supporting livelihoods and providing critical ecosystem services. We know that in order to drive change we must not only focus on efficient water use but also healthy watersheds. Each organization addresses The Drop by Drop Project’s core objectives: reinvigorating ecosystems, leveraging technology, increasing resiliency and engaging the community,” says Katarina Tesarova, senior vice president, global sustainability, Las Vegas Sands.

For more information on The Drop by Drop Project, please visit: http://thewashfoundation.org/dropbydrop

About The WASH Foundation
The WASH Foundation is an international development and global health nonprofit operating hygiene-focused emergency relief initiatives, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) education programs, targeting vulnerable communities in the United States and around the world. The WASH Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the Clean the World social enterprise responsible for all soap and hygiene kit distribution both domestically and globally as part of many of its comprehensive WASH programs.  Since 2009, The WASH Foundation has served over 12 million individuals through its global WASH programs. A copy of the official registration and financial information for The WASH Foundation may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by visiting https://www.fdacs.gov/ConsumerServices. For more information, visit us online: https://www.thewashfoundation.org.

About Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS)
Las Vegas Sands is the world’s pre-eminent developer and operator of world-class Integrated Resorts. We created the meetings, incentives, convention and exhibition (MICE)-based Integrated Resort. Our industry-leading Integrated Resorts provide substantial contributions to our host communities including growth in leisure and business tourism, sustained job creation and ongoing financial opportunities for local small and medium-sized businesses. Our properties include The Venetian Resort and Sands Expo in Las Vegas and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd., we have developed the largest portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sands Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.


Sandie Beauchamp
The WASH Foundation

Kristin Koca
Las Vegas Sands Corp.

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