Global Handwashing Day - October 15 
This global day of advocacy is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. 

The theme for this year is "our hands, our future!" Excellent resources to help plan events in your area are available at  
WASH in Schools (WinS) 
The very successful Adopt-A-School Program continues in the Niger Delta. This is a partnership with Procter & Gamble, H2O for Life, WASRAG, local Rotary Clubs and international supporting Rotary Clubs. 

The program is currently seeking funding for five schools. A club can fund the whole project by providing $5,700 - $7,000, or multiple clubs can contribute $500 - $2,500 and jointly fund a project.  

To learn more read in WASRAG Stories 
Building WASH
District 5450 is holding its 5th Annual Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Symposium on October 7, 2017 in Denver.

The morning program has keynote speakers addressing the topic of Building WASH Capacity and Sustainability. The afternoon has two tracts. The first covers training challenges; institution building; and participatory mapping.  The second covers social entrepreneurship; champions; and monitoring, evaluation and action planning. 

For more details and to register at the very reasonable cost of $50 (which includes breakfast and lunch) visit 
What are the "Real Costs" of WASH projects? 
The International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC), located in the Netherlands is taking registrations for its free on-line course "Costing Sustainable Services" on the life-cycle cost approach. 

The lack of accurate information makes it impossible to estimate the true cost of sustainable and good quality water and sanitation projects. This hands-on course that you complete at your own pace over a three month period will familiarize you with the life-cycle cost approach and show you how to integrate it into your projects. 

To learn more and to register visit Costing Sustainable Services - October 2017 
World Water Forum Being Held in Brazil 
The World Water Council (WWC) will be holding the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia, Brazil, March 18 - 23, 2018.

Founded in 1996, the Council is an international, multi-stakeholder organization that brings together 400 institutions from 70 countries, to reach a common strategic vision on water resources and water services management. 

This is the first time the Council will be holding the Forum in the Southern Hemisphere. WASRAG is planning to be involved in this Forum. 

To register or find out more go to 
Training in Action 
Jennifer Berg and Nyenemo Sanguma, Regional Grant Officers, Rotary International, recently attended A Vision For Clean Water/Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) workshop on Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage and Drinking Water Quality Testing. 
They look forward to using this practical training to share with Rotary Clubs implementing WASH projects, so that they can create stronger and more beneficial projects.  
CAWST hosts numerous workshops around the world. For more details visit their Training Workshops
Note: The above item was an excerpt from "The Vision", the newsletter of  A Vision for Clean Water. 
Rotary Local Lager 
The Rotary Clubs of Guelph and Peterborough, both located in Ontario, Canada, have partnered with Guelph's Wellington Brewery to launch the "Rotary Local Lager".
The "Beers Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide"  (BREW) Fellowship is working on a campaign to solicit funds from breweries large and small to support clean water projects. 
BREW is working to replicate the very successful efforts of Stella Artois which has coordinated with to use donations of over $3 million to provide more than 800,000 people with clean water for five years.  To read more about this project go to "Buy a Lady a Drink" Campaign
The eToilet 
Eram Scientific has developed India's first electronic toilet for public spaces and school use. The stainless steel toilet is vandal proof and self-cleaning. The company has installed over 2100 e-toilets in India. They have recently introduced a solar powered e-toilet designed for school use.

To learn more view this video.
How Long Can Rainwater be Stored?
Last month, we introduced a new segment to the Newsletter, encouraging our readers to submit questions for the  WASRAG experts.
The first question submitted was "How long can rainwater be stored? What can be done to preserve it in a 40,000 gallon concrete reservoir?"
Professional Services Team leader Ron Denham's response highlights how you often need a lot more information before a question can be answered. For example: 
- Is the water collected from a roof?
- Do you divert the water from the first rainfall away from the tank, so that only clean water goes into the tank?
- Are you using chlorine or other purification?
- Is the reservoir open or enclosed?
- What is the rainfall pattern - frequent small showers or irregular heavy downpours
- What is the temperature inside the reservoir - or - what are the ambient conditions in the location of the reservoir? 

Do you have a question for the WASRAG experts?  I so s end your email to and indicate QUESTION in the Subject line. 
WASRAG Newsletter On-line Archive  
On the WASRAG website we keep back issues of the WASRAG Newsletter on this page
Calendar Of Event  

October 2, 2017 - On-line
Costing Sustainable Services / Life-cycle Cost Approach

October 7, 2017 - Denver, CO, USA
Building WASH

October 10 - 11, 2017 - Ethiopia
Community WASH Promotion

October 15, 2017 - GLOBAL HAND WASHING DAY
October 16 - 20, 2017 - Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Waster and Health Conference

November 9 - 10, 2017 -  New Delhi, India
11th World Aqua Congress - Water & Environmental Solutions: Cutting Across Borders

November 13 -16 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Water & Development Congress - Sustainable Solutions for Emerging Economies
November 13 - 17 - Ethiopia
Delivering Effective WASH Trainng

November 19, 2017 - WORLD TOILET DAY
November 20 - 21 - Melbourne, Australia 
World Toilet Summit 
November 29 - Dec 1, 2017 - Haryana, India
Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage
December 5 - 8, 2017 - Ethiopia
Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage 
February 16 - 18, 2018 - Beirut, Lebanon
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Presidential Peacebuilding Conference 
March 18-23, 2018 - Brasilia, Brazil
8th World Water Forum 
March 22, 2018 - WORLD WATER DAY
Service Spotlight
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The Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) is pleased to consider partnerships with any corporate supporter. Due to the unique attributes of water sources and water provision, acceptance of corporate support does not imply an endorsement of any particular water technology. Rotarians, Rotary clubs, and Rotary partners must evaluate any technology to determine if it is the best solution for the conditions where the program will be implemented. WASRAG can provide guidance about where different technologies work best, but Rotarians and Rotary clubs must make the final decision about how to implement their programs.