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Texas Man Camps On Barge For Three Weeks, Close To Clean Water Goal

Dr. Todd Phillips has raised over 75 percent of $2.29M goal for clean water in Liberia

Press Release – Rockwall, Texas, Nov. 1, 2018 – For three weeks, Dr. Todd Phillips, founder of The Last Well, has camped out on an open-air barge in a Texas lake to raise $2.29 million for clean water in Liberia. The father of three has reached 76 percent of his goal, and has no plans on returning home until every dollar is raised to make Liberia the first developing country in the world to have border to border access to safe drinking water

Phillips has raised over $1.75 million serving over 384,200 Liberians with a clean water source since he set out on the Hope Floats barge in Lake Ray Hubbard outside Dallas, Texas, on Oct. 10. Through record-breaking rainfall and hazardous weather conditions in Texas, Phillips continues to live on the barge until the mission is complete and all the funds are raised – no matter how long that may take.

Notable sports figures have visited Phillips on the barge in support of his mission, including former NFL Dallas Cowboys safety and current ESPN analyst Darren Woodson; Olympic and professional soccer star, Doc Lawson; and former Chicago Bears linebacker and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Singletary.

“Since 2009, our teams have been on the ground in Liberia drilling wells and distributing Sawyer International PointONE water filters to families and teaching them how to use and maintain them,” said Phillips. “When we’ve completed our mission, history will be made – going into the rural areas of a developing country from border to border and providing every single human access to safe drinking water within a 15-minute walking distance of their home.”

To help achieve the Last Well’s goal, Sawyer International – the philanthropic arm of Tampa-based Sawyer Products — has donated nearly 120,000 of its PointONE water filter systems that teams are distributing in communities and rural areas in Liberia, as well as teaching Liberians how to use and clean the filters while tracking health and economic outcomes through a GIS system. Since the Sawyer water filter distribution, Liberia has experienced a steep decline in waterborne illness-related diarrhea, decreasing from 36 percent to 1.5 percent.

“We would not be able to come close to accomplishing this enormous effort without Sawyer International,” said Phillips. “Because of these water filters and the training that is involved, we have seen a massive improvement on overall health conditions in Liberia – not just for a few hundred people – but hundreds of thousands of people are being affected and now have better health because they have a clean water source.

While on the Hope Floats barge in Texas, Phillips is solely using Sawyer water filters to filter lake water into drinkable water – emphasizing the message that water often taken for granted in the United States is desperately needed by men, women and children across the world.

“We are proud to be part of The Last Well’s efforts to help bring clean water to all Liberian families,” said Darrel Larson, international director of Sawyer Products. “When we heard about its founder and president, Todd Phillips, camping out on a barge east of Dallas, Texas, we immediately wanted to support the cause and show how our water filters and the training can be the puzzle pieces that solve the infinite clean water issue across the globe.”

“Every single human being in this world deserves access to safe drinking water. We hope our efforts will open up the dialogue on clean water initiatives and bring this notion to fruition – not just for Liberia, but across the globe,” Phillips added. “With 27 months to go, the finish line is on the horizon.”

About The Last Well

The Last Well’s mission is to provide access to safe drinking water for the entire nation of Liberia, border to border, and offer the Gospel to every community they serve, by the end of 2020. Since 2009, they have served more than 1.8 million Liberians. For more information, visit

About Sawyer

Founded in 1984, Sawyer has been at the forefront of innovation in water filtration, insect repellent, sunscreen, and first aid. Not only are Sawyer’s filters one of the most popular on the trail, they are being used in over 80 developing countries to provide people with clean drinking water. The majority of Sawyer’s products are proudly made in the USA in Safety Harbor, Florida. For more information, visit

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