Our Story

After traveling to the developing world as part of a medical team, Dr. Ted Mettetal returned with a heavy heart for people who were suffering because they lacked access to clean water. In February 2010, he founded HSW, a 501(c)(3) to bring hope to the developing world through clean water, improved sanitation, and public health and hygiene education.

The earliest HSW projects originated in Nicaragua in villages along the Coco River. HSW then spread to Belize where a major initiative was launched to reclaim 150 abandoned (contaminated and rusted) wells.

Because Africa has one of the highest percentages of deaths related to water-borne diseases than any continent in the world, HSW answered cries for clean water in 2011 by placing wells in Bunyagira, Uganda, and the Tollee district of Ethiopia. HSW also partnered with other organizations to fund wells in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a rainwater catchment and storage system in Rwanda, and a water treatment project in Sierra Leone to help ward off an impending cholera epidemic, which impacted over 12,000 people.

Since 2013, HSW has maintained two W.A.S.H (water, sanitation, hygiene) zones in Ethiopia and Belize. Within these zones, HSW partners with local governments and NGOs to provide year-round logistical and operational support to ensure the sustainability of water projects. Volunteer teams, along with an HSW project coordinator, travel to these zones an average of six times during the dry season months of October-June. During these trips, the teams drill borehole wells, reclaim existing wells, build latrines, and teach hygiene through a school-based WASH program, which includes a deworming and vaccination program. In 2016, HSW will expand these school-based programs to address the growing concern of menstrual hygiene management (MHM), a major contributor to absenteeism among girls in secondary schools.

To date, HSW has brought its mission of clean water, improved sanitation and public health and hygiene education to 11 countries and 28 rural villages, for a total of 53 completed water projects, bringing clean water and sanitation to more than 100,000 people.

Our Accountability

We report yearly to the online non-profit accountability firm Guidstar and have achieved their gold level distinction for our commitment to fiscal accountability. 

Our mission

At Hope Springs Water our mission is threefold. To bring hope to the world through Clean Water, Reliable Sanitation, and Hygiene Education. 

Our Staff


Jessica Richardson

Executive Assistant to the Board & Sr. Director of Development

Jessica is an Athens native who is returning home after spending almost twenty years away in Dallas and then Houston. She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and English from the University of North Texas and is currently working toward a Masters in Education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Since 2005, she has taught 8th grade at Beverly Hills Intermediate in Pasadena ISD.

In 2010, Jessica moved from the Houston suburbs into the city and began attending church at Ecclesia Houston. It was there she first developed a passion for expanding access to clean water in the developing world.

Now after ten wonderful years in the public school classroom, Jessica is switching gears and putting that passion to work as part of the Hope Springs Water team!


C. Ted Mettetal, M.D

Founder and Executive Director

Dr. Mettetal is an Arkansas native, born and raised in Monticello. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine in Little Rock, Arkansas. From 1975 to 1979, Dr. Mettetal served in the U.S. Navy as Medical Officer. He later did his residency in Family Practice medicine at John Peter Smith Hospital, Ft. Worth, TX. In 1982, he opened his own practice in Family Medicine in Athens, TX, where he remains today. In addition to his practice and his work with Hope Springs Water, Dr. Mettetal still finds time to go overseas regularly, serving as a member of a medical mission team.

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Steve Akin

Trustee, Past Chairman

Every organization needs a Steve Akin. When Dr. Mettetal began his vision of founding Hope Springs Water, the person he went to was his friend and Missions Pastor at his church, Steve Akin. Together, they fleshed out what has become a team of dedicated individuals bringing clean water to others around the world.

Mr. Akin received his Master of Church Music in 1976 from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and served in churches across Texas before settling at First Baptist Church Athens in 2001, where he remains today. In 2010, he brought his talent of never meeting a stranger to HSW, garnering the support the young organization required. Together with Dr. Mettetal and Mr. Hinds, he has traveled to nearly every region Hope Springs Water serves. Mr. Akin is married to Carla and they have three sons and four grandchildren. He is an avid golfer and one of his best skills, he will tell you, is that he bakes a mean campfire fruit cobbler. His biggest regret? “Sometimes I burn the cobblers!”


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Hope Springs Headquarters

P.O Box 1567
Athens, TX 75751

P: 903.292.1781