A water committee is made up of local men and women who are responsible for the management of their water and sanitation facilities. The committee meets monthly to discuss usage, hours of operation, cleaning, and long-term maintenance of the water supply. Committee duties include providing hygiene education on a regular basis, operating a bank account, and reporting the status of the bank account to the community. Members of the committee are appointed or elected to the offices of facilitator, technician, secretary, fee collector, and treasurer. Over the years, LDS Charities has helped pioneer the use of water committees throughout the world. LDS Charities encourages village leaders to include women on the committees because women are primarily responsible for collecting water for their communities.