Supporting Flood Relief in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul State

Seattle, WA - In response to devastating flooding in Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, The Starbucks Foundation has committed a donation to Planet Water Foundation to deploy an AquaBlock emergency water system to support impacted communities with access to safe drinking water. With water production of 1,500 liters per hour, the AquaBlock can support the daily drinking water requirements of up to 10,000 people.

This donation builds on a longstanding partnership between The Starbucks Foundation and Planet Water Foundation to deliver clean water to markets across the world.  


The Starbucks Foundation strengthens humanity by transforming lives across the world, with a focus on enabling community resiliency and prosperity and uplifting communities affected by disaster. Established in 1997, The Starbucks Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization under U.S. law. For more information, visit

Planet Water Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to providing access to safe drinking water to impoverished communities. Through the installation of our community-based water filtration systems, handwashing infrastructures, and the implementation of our Water-Health & Hygiene Education programs, we direct our attention to two critical areas: supporting schools, children, and local communities in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions, as well as the provision of safe drinking water in the aftermath of natural disasters worldwide. Since 2009, Planet Water has deployed projects that provide clean water access to more than four million people across 28 countries. For more information, visit